My first tournament back on hard court was a good one. It was my third trip to Aptos, a place where I hadn't previously played great tennis, but it was a good fit in my schedule this year.
I was the last direct acceptance into the main draw singles and drew Bjorn Fratangelo in the first round. It's the fourth time I've played him in the last year, winning all three times and he came out fired up. I got broken first game but got myself back into the match breaking at 4-3. I ended up losing the first set in a tiebreak but came back to win 67 64 63.
Second round I had another tough three-setter against Jason Jung, again losing the first set but winning 6-0 in the third.
In the quarters I played a young Aussie, Akira Santillan. I got through in straight sets 75 76 before losing to to eventual champion Bublik in the semi finals. It was my third semi final in a row and my first on hard court since last October. I definitely feel like I'm making good progress and pushing back up the rankings.
I had a great week in Aptos overall. I had a really nice host family I stayed with for the week who looked after me well. It was nice to get out of hotels for a week. Now I'm in Vancouver and will play on Tuesday. It's the last week before US Open qualies so I'm hoping for another good run.
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.