Loving The Clay

Mum taking the lead and cutting the cake! I love the Yonex logo too!

Mum taking the lead and cutting the cake! I love the Yonex logo too!

I took a few days off to celebrate my birthday and relax after such a busy trip to China but now I am back in training and my clay court preparation is well underway at the brand new Tennis Australia facility in Melbourne, I have to say it is world class and has been built with the players needs definitely in mind.

I’ve spent some time watching the Boston Celtics, I absolutely love them but we just missed out in the play off series to the Knicks, I was hoping they could spring a surprise and pull off the comeback but it wasn’t to be but I know the Celtics will be back bigger and stronger next year.

I am heading to Europe for what is my biggest trip each year for the clay court season followed by the grass court season, it’s amazing that the two biggest changes in surface occur in the shortest time possible, I find it inspiring that Rafa Nadal often wins the French Open on the Sunday but is ready to go at Queens, on grass the very next day..I guess it’s a sign of what a great champion he is!

Last year at Roland Garros I won my first junior grand slam title in the boy’s doubles so I am looking forward to going back as it has great memories for me, I am planning on adding to my trophy cabinet too but hopefully with a singles title this time, that would be awesome! The clay is a tough surface to overcome the preparation and recovery for each match is different to other surfaces, because of all the sliding on clay your hamstrings can get tighter so it is important to stretch more after and between matches, more so than on other surfaces, legs are kings on the clay and the stronger your legs the better chance you have and I know one thing, I will make sure I am fully prepared and have left no stone un-turned! Any way guys, I am going to go and relax now and enjoy the rest of my Sunday, make sure you do the same!

NK