This week I am playing downtown Minneapolis in the Aquatennial event. It is one of the most fun tournaments of the year with a very unique setting. They lay out a sport court surface piece by piece in the middle of a plaza beneath tall buildings, surrounded by noise from the light rail passing by, or simply all of the people passing through that come to watch!
This weekend we have the US Open National Playoff sectional for the Northern division, and it will be played at the University of Minnesota. It is nice to have a local tournament after having to travel and be gone for a week in San Diego! There is quite a mix of players in all of the events, and with some tough competition as well. The weather has turned quite humid and sometimes very warm recently, so I always leave the courts drenched!
I started with singles and the afternoon, and cruised along pretty well to win 6-0 6-0. I played on court next to Brian Battistone, who I may end up against in the final. It was interesting to see him playing in person with his jump serving and two-handled racquet, and he plays tough. Another tough opponent, Evan Song, withdrew apparently from an injury and is not here. After finishing, I was able to watch my mixed doubles partner go up against a currently ranked top 500 WTA player. A few things here and there did not quite go her way as she lost 7-6 6-4, but I would say the result is commendable for a 14 year old.
Reflecting after winning my first ATP point, 6-1 6-2.
Tuesday I woke up early with one goal in mind – get my first ATP point! After spending the weekend going through the qualifying rounds I knew it would be a shame and a bit heartbreaking to lose in my first round main draw match and get no compensation for my efforts. However, I knew I had to get those kinds of thoughts out of my mind!