Checking in from a coffee shop in LA, about a block away from home sweet home. I finally got back to the USA on Saturday afternoon after four and a half long weeks in Asia. While I was disappointed that making quarterfinals in Hong Kong rendered me unable to compete in qualifying for Moscow, I can’t pretend to be upset about getting home a week earlier than anticipated. The remainder of my weekend consisted mostly of rest and relaxation—reading, catching up on TV shows, lounging on the beach, and messing around with homemade vegan recipes in the kitchen.
Originally, I had planned for my season to end after Moscow. However, with my ranking currently sitting at 105, I find myself right on the bubble for main draw acceptance into yet another Slam. As a result, I’ve decided to extend my season by 2-3 weeks, with appearances scheduled in Georgia and Texas challengers between now and the end of the season. While I’m looking forward to hanging up the racquets and calling it a year, I still feel I have things left to accomplish, and feel motivated to end on a high note.
After taking just one full day off to rest at home, I am headed to a Pilates class in just a few minutes to get back into training. If my body feels good, I will get back on the court tomorrow, with a plan to leave for my first challenger on Sunday. Between now and then, I really want to prioritize balance. It’s not easy to play a sport that requires us to compete 10 months out of the year, and I have to make sure to nurture my off court life as the year winds down in order to avoid burnout. With a Halloween party and some dinners with friends already on the books, that part shouldn’t be too much of a problem :).
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.