I'm back in LA for some much needed rest after another solid week in Canada. While I would have liked to have reached another final, I competed well throughout the week and continued to improve my understanding of how I want to play for the remainder of the US summer. After a quick meeting with my team, we decided to withdraw me from Stockton to allow my body to fully recover heading into my WTA events starting at the end of the month. With the exception of one World Team Tennis match for the Orange County Breakers, my next competition will be Bank of the West Classic at STANFORD!
I cannot wait to get back to the Farm, but I have some work to do before I arrive. After a quick rest, I will double down on my physical training to ensure that I'm in my best possible shape for what I consider to be the most important six weeks of the year. Right now, I am signed up for the entire US Open Series--Stanford, Toronto, Cincinnati, New Haven, US Open--but I expect to take at least one of those weeks off. Since my ranking will miss the US Open main draw cut by about 10-15 spots, my only remaining chance for direct entry will be a wildcard. But with several US players lurking just outside the cut and a former champion on the wildcard request list, that outcome is far from guaranteed for me.
Regardless of what draw I end up appearing on in NYC, playing in my first slam since the French will be a welcome step back into the highest echelons of tennis. But first, I will prepare for my return to Stanford--my favorite place on earth to play tennis. It will be easy to put in the work these next two weeks knowing that a warm reception in Palo Alto, among my favorite fans in the world, is just around the corner.
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.