I’ve been extremely busy with preparing for my first event back and taking on jet lag during my first week in Europe. Amazingly, thanks to a very thorough plan from my new trainer, Mike, I was able to kick the majority of jet lag symptoms in only about two days. Lots of sun exposure, early wake ups and bedtimes, and avoidance of caffeine were all integral to my quick change to a European circadian rhythm.
I will begin play with singles against Teliana Pereira on Monday, and while I have not had formal matchplay in a while, I have made a point of playing as many points in practice as possible. In one way, my upcoming matches might be more difficult than usual—shaking off rust, mental and physical, can be a challenge when you’ve been out of competition for a while. But in another, perhaps more important way, they may be some of the easiest I’ve endured. No, I don’t mean because of particular match ups. Every player on tour is capable and wants to win. I mean that much of the pressure will be alleviated for me, knowing that I’ve done absolutely everything in my power to prepare.
Weeks and weeks of utilizing a scientific approach to maximize performance and recovery, optimize nutrition, and get my body into the best shape it’s been in have me feeling as though I’ve left no page unturned. Does this mean that I’ll win? Not necessarily. Does it mean that I will at least play well? No, you can never assure that. But it does mean that I’ve taken care of the “controllables" to a T, and can leave the locker room when my match is called knowing that I’ve already done my part. When the first ball is tossed, my only remaining job will be to compete.
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.