NO REST FOR THE WICKED

Hello Friends!

I am finally back home after over a month of traveling, but not for long! My stay at home will be short as the US Professional Singles starts this Sunday in Newport, RI. It is one of my favorite tournaments, and I have won it the last 4 years in a row. My goal is to avenge the WC loss by winning it for the 5th consecutive time. The top 9 players in the world are all attending, which means it will be one of the toughest tournaments possible! If you would like to check out the draw, just click on the link below.

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP

Hello All!
    I am sorry to say that my World Championship bit fell just short. I was defeated in the WC by Rob Fahey 7 sets to 3. It was an amazing experience, and I am very proud of how I played.
   The first day of the match was by far my best. I wanted to come out firing, and put him on his heels early. I did just that, playing one of my best sets ever and taking it 6/0! It was the first time someone has taken a 6/0 set against Rob in a WC, as well as the only time someone has won the first set against him. The next set was a battle, with Rob taking a slight lead early in the set. I stuck with it though, and fought back from 5/4 down to take the set 6/5. I felt great with a 2 set lead, but knew the match was nowhere near over. Rob started to pick up his game, and I started to make too many errors. Early in the 3rd set I managed to run into the main wall and give myself a decent gash on my head. We had a 5 minute injury timeout during which I was treated as best possible. The only annoying part was that it broke my concentration in the match. I was still fighting and playing well, but seemed to have lost that extra edge I needed to win. The tennis was amazing but Rob was too strong taking the next two sets 6/3 6/4 ending the day at 2 sets all.
   The second day of play was a very up and down one for me. The first set saw some good steady tennis from me. I was serving well and controlling play, and that resulted in me winning the set 6/2. The next three sets however saw Rob taking over, and my errors becoming too common. My serves seem to lose there effectiveness and Robs seemed to just get better. I fought hard but couldn’t grab an early lead or any momentum in the sets. Rob took the next three sets 6/2 6/3 6/4. This ended the second days play with Rob leading 5 sets to 3.
   The third day was a tough one for me. We had been delayed due to sweating on the court, and I was trying to use the extra time to regain focus. After having the extra day off I knew Rob’s body would be feeling slightly better, and I would need to play well to stay in the match. Unfortunately that was not the case. Rob came out very strong, and even though I stuck to my game plan, I just couldn’t seem to string points together like I had earlier in the week. My error count kept going up as the pressure built later in the match. Rob kept his foot down and didn’t give me any openings. He took the two sets he needed 6/2 6/0 and that was the match. It wasn’t the best tennis I have ever played, but I have to give Rob credit as he controlled play incredibly well throughout the week.
   Although it is not the result I was hoping for, I know that I worked hard and did everything I could to win. My opponent was too strong this week and I must congratulate him for that. There is a reason he has been World Champ as long as he has, and he proved it to me this week.
  I have to give a huge thank you to Alistair Curley, Owen Guest, and their team for organizing an amazing week of events. Thank you as well to Frank Filippelli and his team for what must have been a stressful two weeks. My practice partners Nick Howell and Julian Snow were amazing, and there support on and off the court helped me play some of my best tennis. Having my family there also made the trip that much more special, and I can’t thank them enough for coming half way across the world to support me.
After the match my mom, Claire, and I headed down the coast to Mornington, which is my favorite part of Melbourne. We were treated to an amazing two days by Jonathan Howell and his family. It was the perfect end to what has been a pretty amazing journey.
We are now headed to New Zealand for 5 days of adventures, and then I will be headed to San Fransisco for another week of exploring before I head up to Newport for the US Pro Singles. (gotta get back on the horse and try again!)
Thank you to everyone who supported me on this journey. I could not have accomplished all of this without you. The emails I have received over the last few weeks have made me feel so special, and to know that I have the support I do made the whole process easier. I will keep working hard to achieve this goal, and  look forward to the opportunity to do this all again in two years!
Thanks,
Camden
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2014 WORLD CHAMPS DIARY DAY 11

Hey Guys!

Today was the final day of practice before the match starts, and it was a good one. I started the day at breakfast with my dad and uncle, before slowly preparing myself for the last practice.

This last practice was pretty light, more focusing on the game plan and making sure I was comfortable with all aspects of my game. Dacre came out with me and helped run me around, before we stopped to focus on the game plan. I am happy with how it went, and believe that I am peaking at the right time.

My family then headed off to the WC Opening cocktail party at a club nearby. I, on the other hand, spent a little time in the sauna stretching out and relaxing. I then wandered back home stopping for dinner along the way. What would be the big prematch dinner!? Pasta of course! A standard bolognese actually just to get me all of the nutrients I needed.

Once home I unpacked and ran my usual bath for the evening. Tonight I decided to watch a movie whilst in the tub, and picked one of my all-time favorites The A-Team. Not the older one, the new remake with Bradley Cooper and Liam Niesen. I don’t know why but I love it, and it was the perfect way to relax for the rest of the night.

Tomorrow is the big day, and I can’t wait to get out there and playing. It is going to be an amazing week regardless of what happens. I can promise you all that I have prepared properly, both physically and mentally, and will give it my absolute best out there. Thank you for all of the supportive emails and texts I have received in the last few days as well. They really do help!

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2014 WORLD CHAMPS DIARY DAY 9 AND 10

Hello All!

Sorry for the delay in the post, things are getting hectic around here! Day 9 was a greta day for me, as my father, uncle, and friend Dacre all arrived in Melbourne. Their arrival lets me know it is getting close to game time, which only excites me that much more.

I spent the earlier part of the day stringing rackets, and had my final practice with Nick Howell. Nick was an awesome hitting partner, and I really appreciate all of his help this past week. I am hoping he got something out of it as well, and will show it all off at the US Pro in June.

My family slowly arrived at the club in the early afternoon, and after a massage I arranged for us to have dinner that night. I took them to a place very close to the club so that I could give them the tour afterwards. I am so happy and appreciative that they were willing to make the long trip over to be a part of this with me.

The rest of my night was spent taking a nice long bath and stretching out. Ive got to keep this old body healthy!

Day 10 made this World Championship real for me. I spent the morning wandering around Melbourne with my uncle catching up, before meeting up with my dad and Katie for lunch. I then went to the club for my first session on court with Dacre. We were only out there for a little while, mostly going over tactics and things (Don’t want to give away my secrets just yet!).

I was then joined on court by a young man named Henry Kemp. Henry’s father Ed had been the one questioning Rob and I at our first dinner in town, and had been telling me about his sons love of all sports. I offered to hit with Henry for a little while today, and I have to say he definitely has some talent! It was nice to see another junior out on court enjoying the game, much like I did when I was younger. Below is a photo of us after the practice (I’m the one who looks like he did all the running…..)

My evening was spent at a nice dinner with Dacre and my uncle Scott. We chatted about everything and nothing at the same time, helping me take my mind off of tennis, which is a nice change of pace. The rest of the family will be arriving soon, and before I know it match day will be here. I feel great knowing I have prepared properly for this task, and I promise I will try my best out there!

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2014 WORLD CHAMPS DIARY DAY 8

Hello All!

Today was media day here in Melbourne. It was an amazing experience to be a part of, and made the event just that more special. I got to the club at 11AM to start what would be a very interesting few hours. My first stop was out on court to answer some questions for the film crew that will be filming the match. They wanted some video of Rob and I individually that could be used as filler during the side changes etc. in the match. The funniest part about this session, to most at least, was that they wanted Rob and I to be filmed from exactly the same height so that they could show us side by side. Unfortunately for me, Rob is about 2 inches taller than me, and this meant that I had to stand on a phone book while filming so that we would be the same height. At the time we all laughed about it, but thinking about it now there are many famous actors who use this method regularly. Not to name drop but they include Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, and Al Pacino! I then spent a little time signing some rackets and posters for sponsors, while waiting for my next calling.

My next stop was with the delightful News 10 crew. They came in to do a piece on the World Champs for the local news. This was very exciting as we always want to increase awareness of the game to the public. My interviewer was very kind, and even knew of my hometown Aiken, SC! This was because she had attended University in nearby Anderson, SC. What are the odds!! We had a great time, and I found it to be the most relaxed part of the day.

The Final session was a proper press conference with Rob and I. We were sat in chairs behind a table facing multiple cameras and the people manning them. We were asked a question and then both given a chance to answer. Most of the questions were serious, but a couple of Robs answers definitely made me laugh. I have done a lot of these type sessions, but the pressure of the WC gives it a very different feel.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing before my 4PM practice. It was my final session with both Nick and Julian, and I am pleased with how it went. My game feels as though it is coming a long at the proper pace, and I am confident I will be reaching my peak at the right time.

Tomorrow the event is going to start feeling much more real for me as my father and uncle will both be arriving here in Melbourne. I can always tell it’s getting serious when my family starts to show up!

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2014 WORLD CHAMPS DIARY DAY 7

Hello Friends!

Today was a great day by all accounts. It was one of my last days of tough training on the court, and I even found some things that made me feel like I was back home.

I started the day by wandering through downtown Melbourne. For those of you that have not been here, it is a must go to place. It is a very walkable city, and has so many gardens and parks throughout it you may not even realize you are in a  massive city. While walking through the city I even managed to find a Starbucks! Which is a huge deal to me, and I made sure to buy plenty of ice coffees to take back and save for later.

After my walk through the city, a met up with a friend of Nicks who does massage therapy. He worked on my body for an hour, which I desperately needed after the last few days on court. HE said I had the tightest forearms he had ever seen, which I’m not sure is a good thing! Regardless, he worked hard on my arm and shoulder, and they feel much better now.

The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, and preparing for my practice with Nick. We had a great hit, and I am starting to see everything come together in my game. All of the little shots I have been working on are starting to work, and I feel very comfortable on the court. I still don’t feel ready though, and this is a good thing. You never want to peak too early, and I am happy to feel that I am playing just ok at this point.

The day finished with a nice teriyaki chicken dinner, and an early night to bed. I need to get my beauty sleep because tomorrow is media day at the club!

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