May 14, 2012
Well I made it back into the USA safe and sound. The flights went smoothly for the most part. I had an hour layover in the Houston airport. With immigrations and another security screening it proved to be just enough time to get to my gate. I got a decent jog in down the airport hallways. There is nothing like getting a good sweat in before a flight. I felt bad for the lady next to me. I probably should have packed an extra deodorant in the computer bag. Oh well, you win some you lose some. I was just happy to be there. Luckily all of my bags made it to Tampa. One of the main problems with flying out of Mexico is that they do not let you carry-on your tennis bag. Tennis rackets are apparently a form of weaponry down there. Tennis players generally do not like to check their tennis bags. I personally don't trust the airport to get it there on time. If they lose your tennis bag you are in pretty bad shape for tournament time if you know what I mean. Also the extra $40 isn't much fun to hand over. Airports these days right? Luckily they came through this time so props to United Airlines.
My brother from another mother Jordan Cox (Old school picture of he and I below) picked me up from the airport. I roomed with Jordan and his brother Brad for three and a half years in the dorms here at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy before I went to Ole Miss. Anyways we went straight to the beach from the airport. We played a little beach volleyball mixed with some frisbee action. It was a little cloudy, but overall a pretty nice first few hours in Florida. We had a incredibly nice home cooked meal afterwards courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Cox. We had a little steak, lamb chops, sausage, potatoes, broccoli, and an incredible salad. I enjoyed the heck out of it. It was a great first meal in the USA. I couldn't have asked for much more.
I got a good practice in on the clay courts with Jordan today. It is always interesting going from altitude back to sea level. It feels like the ball weighs about ten pounds. In a couple of days I will be feeling normal again. The 10k futures tournament in Tampa, FL is starting tomorrow. Luckily I have a Wednesday start for singles so I have an extra day to get acclimated. Jordan and I are playing doubles together this week. We are playing our first round not before 3:00pm tomorrow. I am looking forward to a good week of clay court tennis. This will probably be one of my only weeks of the year on clay so it will be a short clay court season this year.
Anyways this will have to be a shorter post since I do not have much to report. On Wednesday I will have some results to report though so be ready for some good action then. I hope that you all had a great day. I am off to Carrabba's to get myself some good Italian food. Don't forget that comment questions are welcomed. Also a few of the other pages have had some updates so check them out when you get a chance. Thanks for stopping by.
All the best,
May 7, 2012
So I survived my first full week as a blogger. I am feeling loose as a goose and ready for week two. Can you feel the intensity in the air right now? I know I can. I am ready to snap some necks and cash some checks. Let's do this thing.
I had to throw in a little motivational speech in there to make sure you guys were awake. Ok, on to the updates. So I took the bus from Celaya to Guadalajara yesterday at 4:30pm. First off, the bus was incredible. The legroom was off the charts. The seats reclined into semi-beds. There were footrests that folded down from the seat in front of me. Not to mention that the views were incredible since it I was on the road during the sunset. I snapped a couple of shots that I have to share with you guys (below). I couldn't decide which one was more awesome. So I am just going to throw a duo of pictures at you. All of this action came for the beautiful price of 410 pesos ($32 roughly). The only down side is that I was forced to watch Eat, Pray, Love followed by Pretty Woman in Spanish. I decided to watch Zoolander just afterwards on my computer to try and balance things out.
The facility here in Guadalajara is pretty incredible. They held the 2011 Pan American games here so it has all sorts of different sporting setups. I haven't gotten around to seeing any of them besides the tennis courts just yet though. They have a pretty good-sized stadium court (below) and multiple smaller stadium seated courts. It would be one hundred times better if people were actually here to sit in the stands. Unfortunately in futures tournaments that is something you rarely find. Although in Mexico you will usually find about as big of a crowd as anywhere else in the world. They love their tennis here. I will give them credit for that. Anyways the setup is pretty awesome. The one real downside is that there is no grub to be found anywhere on site. I plan on packing my own lunch tomorrow. Subway is just across the street from the hotel so problem solved. It is also roughly 90 plus degrees during the day. Shade is not something that is easily found. The sun is pretty brutal I am not going to lie. It is not all that humid here. It is mostly just purebred heat. I am definitely getting a good bronzing. I did lather on a little 100 SPF sunscreen to try and avoid getting scorched today though. Overall this place is pretty sweet. I can't complain.
I start playing singles tomorrow at 12:30pm. I play the same guy as I played first round last week. This is pretty rare but happens every once in a while. They make the draw by choosing two players to randomly draw chips out of an ITF official bag. So it is purely the luck of the draw. I am playing doubles with Darian King (BAR) again this week. We played our first round of doubles today and won 6-4 6-3 so on to the second round on Wednesday. That is about all the info I have for you at this point in time. I will probably throw a shorter post in tomorrow after my singles. I believe the comment section is up and running perfectly now. So feel free to say hello, make fun, or just like and share with you friends. Any of those options are cool with me. Anyways it has been fun. You know what they say, "Monday, fun day." By they, I mean nobody. For real though I am out of here. Have a good one people.
All the best,