Happy to report that I’ve had another great week and am planning to depart for Europe on Tuesday, May 2nd! I have been so fortunate to have a speedy recovery with all of my injuries and am now playing entirely pain free for the first time in a long time. I owe so much of my quick turnaround to the patience and support of my incredible team. Roger, my coach, was incredibly understanding of the time I needed to take away from the court and kept our long term goals in full view when tough decisions needed to be made. My physical therapist, Eric, spent countless hours and hand strength treating and rehabbing my body back to health. And finally, a new addition to the team, Mike Guevera (Coach Mike G) has been a huge value add to my recovery and training process. He has guided me through a very comprehensive lifestyle change, helping me to improve my sleeping and eating habits while also building my body into its strongest version.
Thanks to their continual help and support, I feel more confident than ever in my fitness, general wellness, and ability to play and compete well on the clay. I can’t wait to hit the road and get back into the rhythm of playing tournaments. Admittedly, I am a bit overwhelmed by the idea of staying in Europe for the next nine weeks that I plan to play there. However, I plan to take things week by week and check in with myself to make sure I’m in a good mental and physical state throughout, taking breaks when necessary.
My travel to Nice promises to be a bit rough—a 15 and a half hour journey in economy is never ideal tournament prep—but I’m hoping to arrive early enough to recover and enter my first tournament ready to compete. I’ve rented an AirBNB for the week that looks really nice in photos, but venturing away from tournament endorsed hotels is always a bit of a gamble. In the end, the price, $160/night for a two bedroom home with a pool in the backyard and full kitchen, outweighed my concerns. Hopefully, I’ll be checking in next week from Nice with great things to say about my travel, accommodations, and confidence going into my first event back. In the meantime, I’ll continue to work hard and begin adjusting my sleep for the nine hour time change my body is about to endure. Wish me luck!
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.