Greetings from Nottingham, where it is ….. surprise surprise …. WET!!
The British grass court season is upon us and for an Aussie its a special time of the year for me, I have grown up listening to the stories of Wimbledon and the history of some of Australia’s greatest players and you can’t help but feel inspired and pumped to get out on the grass and compete.
I arrived in Nottingham on Friday after spending a few days at my management companies academy GTC Academies Gosling in Welwyn Garden City, Thanasi came with me along with my brother Christos, my coach Simon and AK my fitness coach. The weather was not great so we played indoors which was more than good enough as it was pretty quick and enabled us to play more of a grass court game.
It was a shame I didn’t play mixed doubles in Roland Garros but as I had to be in Nottingham it would not have been fair to Belinda to start the mixed and not finish it, so we decided not to play. It wasn’t the best French Open for me, I had a pretty tough draw and Milos played well and made things tough for me, I know I had my chances and I like to think had I kept the pressure on him in the second set and taken it, then things could have been a whole lot more interesting but I guess that’s tennis, we move on and work hard to be better at the next event.
In Nottingham I play another Aussie, JP Smith which should be a good but tough match, JP is a great doubles player and knows how to make things tough for his opponents so we shall see how it goes. Hopefully the rain stops and we can get outside to play on the grass rather than on the indoor hard.
With all this rain I should be able to write more blogs, fingers crossed there’s not much rain but you know how I like to look for the positives in things!!
Anyway guys, I am going to get moving as I am hitting quite early.