So the clay court season has officially ended for me and the curtain bought down on Roland Garros 2015 as the last blistering backhand hit from Stan “The Man” Wawrinka fizzed up the line for a winner to give him his second grand slam title. I was really pleased for Stan and thought he had played lights out tennis for the whole two weeks and thoroughly deserved his title, there were some people who questioned whether or not he was good enough to win a slam after Rafa was injured against him in the Australian Open final but I’m pleased he has put all those jokers and their doubts to bed, the guy is a seriously good player and in any other era would have made a name for himself as one of the greatest.
The clay court season was a good one for me and in fact was my first proper one on tour. I came in to it off the back of an injury and felt a little under cooked in Barcelona but it provided me with the opportunity to get out on the court and grind with tour level players which I obviously can’t get at home in Canberra. Esotril was a major turning point for me and I like to think I proved people wrong with my clay court game, I can play on clay and I really enjoy it too. Obviously beating Roger Federer in Madrid was a highlight and something I will always remember as he’s been an idol of mine for so long, I also have to give mention to Jack Sock too, the “Bro-mance” was formed on the clay of Europe and too be honest I love the guy, we have struck up such a good friendship in such a short space of time, so that’s another positive to take from the clay court season, myself, Jack, Bernie Tomic and Thanners are a formidable team!! It was good having my brother around over the clay season too and he came with me when I got to Paris to have my hair cut before the tournament started, everyone knows I like my hair to look fresh!
The French Open was a little strange for me to be honest, I played my first round match on Monday and then did not play again until the middle Saturday as my second round opponent withdrew. It was slightly odd and it felt like two first round matches as there was such a big gap in between. I was so unlucky in the match against Murray, I slept on my arm and trapped a nerve the night before which affected the speed of my serve, just a freak injury and not much I could do about it. The positive was that I thought I played well off the ground and bossed many of the rallies much better than I did in Melbourne, so I will take that as a positive and move on.
I’m in London now, I’ve been here for about a week. I have withdrawn from the ATP event in Holland as I am recovering from the nerve injury and am not serving. I am fine hitting groundies but haven’t served since the match against Andy Murray in Roland Garros. I have been hitting at the LTA as they’ve kindly let me use the courts, it’s so nice being back on the grass and I can not wait to get going at Queens. We have rented a huge house this year and I love it, all the team are together and it’s awesome. My mum and brother flew home on Saturday but my dad is coming back for Wimbledon as is my physio Will. I’m really looking forward to it, we have a big kitchen and are having big meals all eating together and having fun, I love that sort of thing and it reminds of being at home. I’ve had people dropping in all week which I like, my agent bought his youngest son Leon over who is 3 and the little man left his shades at the house so Matty my fitness trainer took a picture to let Leon know he has now lost his shades to the big man!!
I am at another new career high of 25 in the new ATP Ranking’s which is cool but there is a long way to go and a lot still to work on and improve, it’s nice to go in to Wimbledon seeded, I’m aware of what I did there last year but rather than look at it as a burden or pressure to defend, I am looking at it as an opportunity to go further and do better than last year as I know I am tough to beat on grass and my game is suited to it.
Which leads me to the point, I better go and practice otherwise I won’t get anywhere!!