Day 3: Tough Loss

tonlarsI woke up again this morning hoping that my leg would hold up to give me a chance to compete. After a decent warmup, I felt as ready as possible given the circumstances.

My opponent was a very good young player who has committed to play for Virginia next year. He seemed flashy at first, playing quick and going for shots. I had a scouting report from a friend and thought it might be pretty accurate.

I started off the way I typically do — a little nervous, tight, yet focused. We were both striking the ball well and making aggressive plays, as well as unforced errors. He had a pretty good serve, and we kept holding til 5-5. I was playing fairly solid, and again pleased with how my leg was feeling. I even was running hard after tough shots and making defensive plays, which I hadn’t been able to do for about a week. Still uncomfortable and with the leg in my mind, I noticed that my footwork was hesitant at times. I was able to make some clutch plays to break and hold for a 7-5 win.
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1st Round @ Hard Courts

I got up early this morning and felt OK, so was hoping for the best. I decided to go to the trainer at the tournament and see if he had any ideas for my groin injury. He gave me some bio freeze to rub and a compression sleeve. It felt weird but I would do about anything to avoid pain.

Going into the match, I was hoping to keep the points short and get off court quickly without knowing much about what was going on across the other side of the net. It is still a mental hurdle to not want to move aggressively whether something hurts or even if it does not.
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USTA National Open Hard Courts @ San Diego

I just arrived last night in San Diego for the USTA National Hard Court event. I am excited for a challenging tournament and opportunity.

Right off the bat though, I have some adversity to battle. While practicing Saturday afternoon, I pulled something in my left groin area enough that I had to stop. I have been icing and taking ibuprofen, and hoping for a recovery with this bad timing.

Today I just did a light hit with a friend of mine, and could still feel it, though not as bad as the initial injury. Hopefully, with more time it will heal before the tough matches begin. By then I should be able to play through it and mentally block it out to give everything I have.

If I can overcome this setback, it will be exciting to play and see what I can do! First match is tomorrow morning and I will update soon!

You can check out the draw HERE.

Tony