I’m writing to you from a crowded cabin in a train from Paris to Nice. While I wouldn’t consider our 2nd class experience to be spacious per se, the European railway system is awesome – a super convenient and affordable way to travel from city to city. Today’s tickets were only 110 Euros for two passengers, much cheaper than two plane tickets with extra baggage charges would have been. While I’m bummed to be leaving Paris so early, I’m really looking forward to this coming week.
Mouratoglou Academy has kindly invited me to use their training and treatment facilities to work my way back into playing shape this week. I had two really solid matches in Paris without pain, then experienced a bit of a setback against Errani in the final round of qualifying. We played a high quality and physical first set, after which I could feel some mild discomfort in my left leg. A game or so into the second set, discomfort turned to acute pain and I was no longer able to compete at full intensity. While I credit some of this to my match fitness – I hadn’t played back to back matches since January (!!!) – Sara’s drop shots certainly didn’t help.
After spending all of Sunday in and out of doctor’s offices, I have confirmed that the injury to my leg is a grade 1 tear – painful, but likely to recover quickly with the right precautions. I am hopeful to be back to 100% and ready to compete for my next event in Bol, but I will need to take things slow to avoid re-injury. Despite not accomplishing my ultimate goal of working my way into the main draw this past week, I am really excited about the progress I made. Getting back into the winning column for two matches in a row is something to build on and I’ve never felt more comfortable on clay. I am excited to have one more tournament on the dirt before transitioning to grass, so that I can capitalize on my improvements.
I’ll check in to let you know how everything is going just before Bol. Wish me luck for a quick recovery and I’m looking forward to a restful training week in Nice.
About My Tennis Life Series:
In February of 2017, Tennis Channel launched its first multi-platform content series My Tennis Life featuring two professional tennis players, Nicole Gibbs (USA) and Sam Groth (Australia), as they traverse the globe in search of valuable ATP and WTA points. The series gives you a behind-the-scenes look of the professional tour. Tennis fans across the globe will witness Sam and Nicole’s efforts to break through respectively on the ATP and WTA Tours, and the challenges they face while trying to improve their game and career earnings.