Checking in after a tough first round loss yesterday in Cincy. After a good start, I lost steam and allowed myself to be outplayed—not the start to my east coast swing that I had hoped for! However, after a long post-match team meeting, I left the site feeling a renewed sense of positivity and hopefulness for what’s left of the US Open Series.
My next move from here is a bit up in the air. Normally, after a loss, you pack up and head to the next tournament. However, with US Open wildcards undecided, I can’t be certain whether my next stop will be New Haven or New York. Assuming I do not receive a main draw bid, I will linger in Cincy for a few extra days of practice before heading to NYC to prepare. If I am granted a wildcard, however, I will head to New Haven for one last tournament before the big show.
While I hope to receive direct entry in New York, I recognize that my ranking alone did not earn me that luxury this time around. The ultimate goal is for me to reach a level where I no longer need to rely on charity for entry into the world’s biggest events. But, for now, I am placing my faith in the fact that my hard work will see me through to the main draw, regardless of whether I begin there or have to win three matches along the way. Either way, I can’t wait to get back to my favorite tournament on earth.
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.