I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, and I am sure EVERYONE is ready for the upcoming season of Tiger Athletics. I would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2010 and wish all you grads the best for the future!
I recently spent five weeks in Asia from April 27th-June 11th. I spent the first 3 weeks in India training with Nicolas Cabaret (France) @ 11 time grand slam champion-Mahesh Bhupathi's Academy. Nico has trained several top players including current world #4 Andy Murray, and has had the honor of training Olympic Gold-medalists in other sports. The time with Nico was great, and he made me more aware of what it takes to be a professional athlete. Although we are in different continents, we keep in touch and he helps me with my workout plans. Thanks NICO! Oh yeah he also kicked my butt in 115 degree weather!
From India, I flew to Kuala Lumpur for 2 days and then flew to Indonesia to play a couple of $15,000 Futures. The first tourney was in Bandung (est. population of 7.3 million) and the second in Tarakan (small island off the north-eastern coast of Borneo). In both tourneys, I lost in the final round of qualifying, and the matches were close. I picked up wins over ranked opponents on the tour, and although I didn't make it to the main draw, I was pleased with my performance considering these were my first weeks of tourneys in nearly over a year and a half and I was going up against guys who have been competing week-in and week-out. z
During my time in Indonesia, I learnt a lot on what it takes to be a professional tennis player, and I am so glad I did! We were supplied with ball-kids and linesman for every match, the locals were loud during our matches and it was just an unbelievable experience!! These 2 weeks of pro tourneys are the biggest events that come to these cities and it was touching to see the joy and emotions on the faces of the locals. In Tarakan, there was nothing to do, and I mean nothing to do!! All we did was play tennis and come back to the hotel. The best restaurant was KFC...yeah not happening!! Scorpion King was on HBO for 5 straight nights, and I saw it 3 of the 5 nights!! But I was stoked that we had ESPN coverage so we were able to watch the NBA Playoffs. I was going for the Lakers and fellow American Devin Britton (2009 NCAA Champion-Ole Miss) was going for the Celtics. So it was a lot of smack-talk and I prevailed in the end!! Oh yeah I have to tell you about my return trip to Houston- I flew four hours from Tarakan-Jakarta, had 14 hours to kill in Jakarta, then sat on a 13-hr flight from Jakarta-Doha, had a four-hour layover and then sat on a 15 hour flight from Doha-Houston...total of 50 hrs!
As far as my upcoming schedule, I was scheduled to play some grass court tourneys this month in Great Britain, but decided to stay in America and work on some changes in my game. However, I will be playing a couple of warm-up events in Texas this month to get me ready for the tournaments on the tour from August-December.
I would like to thank Mr. Jugal Malani of Houston for supporting me financially for my 5 weeks in Asia! I would like to thank Carlos Latorre of Snap Fitness for being so helpful and allowing me to use his facility to work-out! I shall keep updating y'all on a frequent basis, and if you would like to contact me, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. GO TIGERS!!