Checking in for an update on my past week. Acapulco was as amazing as advertised! I had four friends from Stanford swing by for three days and we were able to jet ski, watch a cliff diving show, and hang out at the beach in my down time. It was extremely nice to have some non-tennis people around to bring some balance and perspective to my week. All four guys who came to visit play in the NFL now—Cameron Fleming, Michael Wilhoite, and Shayne and Patrick Skov—so it was really cool to hear from them about their training, nutrition, and recovery tactics. I love to hear from athletes in other sports to see what I might be able to incorporate into my routine. All of them highly recommended a new recovery tool called a “sensory deprivation chamber” where you essentially float in saline water in the dark. Sounds kind of weird, but I’m down to give it a try sometime!
(Sailing the high seas with Cam Fleming, Shayne Skov, and Patrick Skov! )
From a tennis perspective, my week in Acapulco was extremely frustrating. I lost in the first round of singles 5-7 7-6(5) 2-6 in 3 hours and 8 minutes against Pauline Parmentier. It was a good match, but it’s never fun to be on the losing end of a close scoreline, especially after leading 3-0 in the first two sets—ouch! Doubles went similarly, with my partner and I losing 10-6 in the third set breaker to the eventual champions. The bad news is that I didn’t catch many breaks last week. The good news is that I’m striking the ball and competing well. In times like these, the key is to stay really positive and remember that momentum can change on a dime. Oftentimes, we are one good win away from gaining the confidence we need for a deep run. I’m trying to be patient and await my next opportunity.
I cannot express how excited I am to be getting back to Indian Wells this week. I’ve just had my first few practices onsite and the courts and atmosphere feel amazing. I love the conditions here and the opportunity to be playing in my home state. It’s amazing how certain tournaments can trigger a certain excitement and happiness in you as a tennis player. Regardless of result this week, I’m so thankful to be competing here and to have received a wildcard into the main draw. I’ll do my best to keep you posted along the way this week, but in the meantime, wish me luck! :)
When I'm not on court...
Having some fun with Madison Brengle!
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