Today was a very frustrating day. It happens every now and again, but there are always days when you aren’t completely there. Today was one of those days for me. I could feel it from the moment I woke up, and fought against it all day. Normally for me it means that I miss home, and need something, or someone, familiar to make me feel better. I attempted to cure it by having lunch at Subway, hoping comfort food would help. It did make me feel a bit better, but I still felt tired and annoyed.
Luckily when I got to the club there was a beautiful Westy puppy there! For those of you that don’t know, one of my weaknesses is puppies. This definitely helped lift my spirits, and I made sure to play with him and love him as if he were my own!
I managed to pry myself away from him for long enough to string a racket and prepare for my practice. The practice went well, but definitely felt like I was fighting against myself. I was proud though, as even though it wasn’t my best tennis, I pulled it together and turned it into a worthwhile session. Throughout every World Championship process I have done, I have always encountered a day or two like this. It is bound to happen when you are spending 10 days completely focused on one task. I am proud of how I handled it though, and am more confident than ever knowing that I overcame it.
The day was capped off with a nice dinner with Julian Snow and CJ White. We went to a great steakhouse, which gave me one of the better filets I have ever had. That mixed with the pleasant company made for a very enjoyable evening. Below is a photo drawn by one of the members here in Melbourne named Michael Lindell. He does cartoon drawings of the players and was nice enough to do one of Rob and I for the match. I think its pretty cool!