Hello from Miami!
There is a big challenge besides the jet lag that some of the players do fight after traveling from the West Coast to the East Coast: the different climate!
Miami is much more humid than Indian Wells. The balls seem to stay much longer on your strings maybe even stick to them. The courts are a little slower and the balls are sitting up. The timing has to be adjusted, and mostly for players who have gone deep in the tournament in Indian Wells, there is only a short period of time to get ready. But then again the seeded players get to start later in the first week.
It has been raining, so the humidity really starts kicking in, and the balls are bloating up, and the strings lose tension quickly.
Drinking plenty of fluid here in Miami and replenishing the electrolyte storage is an absolute necessity. So always remember to stay hydrated when playing tennis or doing sports in such a climate.
This morning, before a 9 a.m. practice time, the courts had to be dried with machines because they do not dry fast enough without any help from outside.
Ayumi Morita is playing versus Heather Watson. It’s one set all at the moment. Also Laura Robson is out there practicing with Zeljko Krajan (former ATP Top 80 player), her coach.
Enjoy your day.
Greetings from Miami.
Before the two big events in Indian Wells and Miami, players often like to get ready by practicing for a week or 10 days somewhere preferably not in the city and the club where the tournament will take place but in the same climate to prepare physically and mentally. Even though the season is still young, it does feel to some of the players as if it has been going on and on already.
Before Indian Wells, adidas invites some of its tennis athletes to come to Las Vegas and work with my colleagues (Sven Groeneveld, Darren Cahill and Gil Reyes) and me. Sven Darren and I do the work on court, and Gil focuses on the work in his gym with machines that he created himself especially for the need of tennis players.