It’s been quite some time since sharing with you all. To be honest I haven’t shared too much over the last year because I felt like I started going to the same places/tournaments and some of my experiences and writing started to sound the same. But it’s funny because I met a guy just yesterday at the Taipei Challenger and he asked about my blog. Said he followed my tennis when I was in college at Michigan and my journey from working at the desk to starting my professional tennis career. It was really an awesome feeling. And it got me thinking last night, even though I may be traveling to a lot of the same places now, each experience is different. How we feel this year and last year is totally different. So I would love to share with you all about my journey the last couple months!
Rewinding the tape about 11 weeks ago. I went on a crazy tournament spree, playing NINE tournaments in a row. A record for me. Of course I had some days of rest if I lost early in the tournament, but that was NINE places I traveled to in consecutive weeks. Pretty crazy if you ask me. One thing I’ve tried my best to do in the last 2 years was to schedule my tournaments smarter. To not play so many weeks in a row. And how this NINE week journey happened, the first 3 tournaments started off on a decent note, but not quite what I expected. Then came New York, which was a turning point. Getting my first top 30 win at an ATP 250. This was week 4 and I was already feeling a bit tired from the traveling and competitive matches. It was also a bit different in New York because there were a lot of emotions after that week. After New York I actually was going to take a week off, but I snuck into the main draw of another ATP 250 in Delray Beach so I had to go! The following week at the Indian Wells Challenger, beating a Top 70 player right before the BNP Indian Wells Masters tournament was another confidence boost and I felt great going into Indian Wells. By this time my mental space was a little tired, but was fired up to keep going because I knew I was on a roll. Physically my body was starting to feel some minor aches and pains (a lot of that due to the wear and tear of traveling). Indian Wells was a bit unlucky, losing in the qualifying. It was definitely a gamble playing the next two tournaments. Trying to see if the confidence of playing well in my matches would take over. This time the gamble didn’t pay off. Mentally and physically I was just too exhausted from all the traveling and playing.
After Miami I was finally able to get two full weeks off of tournaments. The first couple days were amazing, I put my feet up and did not move. In these last 2 months if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s really important to find the right balance between pushing yourself and relaxing. Even if you are feeling confident with tournament play it’s important to listen to your body. I’m still learning every day with that. Sometimes the best weapon is knowing when to push and when to relax.
I’m back at it this week in Taiwan!