QE doubles. Lovely day! Played well. THANKS ALL! You guys are great.
We warmed up on a plastic court. It was the first time I had ever played on plastic. The bounce was much different. Thanks Handi.
First round against Billy. He played well. I think we both DFd the same amount of times. His big advantage was my lack of pace. BUT, I managed to change that. In the last five games of the match I was able to use pace. Placement did become an issue. Shots were just wide and just long. Good work Billy. 2-6 4-6
First round consolation. Jean Paul was my opponent. He had played Billy twice in the past (2011-12) and had beat Billy both times. I went in with one hundred percent effort and focus. I was able to power up after a few games. It was a successful match. Many rallies.
Doubles first round. Partnering with Paul Moran. He taught me allot. Thank you Paul. Not powering up with the pace I preferred but I was placing and pacing well. We were a good team. His exerience and my speed worked well together. First open level win since 2012. 6-2 6-3
Second round doubles. Paul saved the day! They were picking on me because I was the weaker player. We pick on the weaker one at their end. There were a few points when I felt like I was spider man. High powered shots repeatedly coming at me, six or eight in a row. Returning them with pace and at times only deflecting but deflections were high and deep. It was a blast. Thanks again Paul. It was an honor and a privilege. 2-6 0-6
Evaluation time. I will stick with the same plan for the summer and fall. Attending the four tournaments I planned to. I will only add more if I can get heavier shots on my opponents. I can do it. I have made the change to add pace but now they must be faster and heavier. Unless I can do that in the next few weeks I will not add any more tournaments.
If I cannot get the weight on my balls real quick I will change my focus. There is no issue about my mobility except that I have to learn more. I can take any of my opponents serves and I am able to serve very well against them. I can handle their shots and I can place well. I just need bigger balls, better shots.
Plans for the next year may change over the next few months. I will not stop the pursuit for a gold medal. London was lost to 2.5 years of illness. One year lost to an accident has possibly disrupted the preparation for Rio. Nothing will interrupt Tokyo.