It’s been a strange week. With regards to my UK Visa and my trip to Israel for Futures, there has been absolutely no progress. I have not heard a word from the British Consulate in New York, I have not had my UK visa approved yet and I have not received my passport back. Therefore, I can go exactly nowhere. My plan was to leave for Israel next week Tuesday and make it there in time to sign in and play qualifying in the second tournament of three in Herzliya. At this point I am just hoping to get my passport back in time to make the third and final tournament in Israel. It is becoming incredibly frustrating.
It seems as if things are slowly coming together. I finally managed to find out that my passport and visa should be processed by Tuesday and back to me by the end of next week. So that means I should be able to make the second future in Israel, which starts, with qualifying, on the 8th of June.
In other news, I managed to get into the Vince Dente Memorial Tournament at the Avila Bay Club in San Luis Obispo. I went to Cal Poly so it will be great to be back in the town that was home for three years. As of right now I’m entered in the singles and the mixed doubles draws, and I’m looking around trying to find a partner for the men’s doubles. I play my first match tomorrow morning at 8:30am at the Avila Bay Club. It’s all worked out quite well and it will be great to get some match practice in a familiar place.
It has been another relatively chaotic week and my plans are evolving. I spent Monday morning driving all over Los Angeles trying to track down the South African Consulate, the British Consulate and the United States Immigration Services. Who knew traveling to a few tournaments would be such a mission.
Unfortunately for me, I am traveling on a South African Passport, which seems to be as useful a handful of African mud right now. For some strange reason Israel does not require me to obtain a visa for entry, but the UK does, and there lies the problem. I was hoping to leave for Israel next Tuesday, however because I am going straight from Israel to England I have to have my UK visa all squared away before I leave.