2015 has started very well for me, with training for the Australian Open going strong, and lots of support and motivation from friends. Last weekend I headed up to Philadelphia for a training weekend with my friends John Lumley and Gabe Kinzler. Unfortunately Gabe came down with the flu right before I got there, and was unable to practice, but John and I made the most of the weekend spending a solid 3-4 hours on court per day. It was great to get back out there, and I always find I am motivated and excited to get back on court once I have had a break. My game has been progressing well, and I feel that I will reach my peak at the perfect time, the Australian Open.
The Australian Open is going to be an important one for me, with lots of added pressure. Winning the event would give me the “Tiger Slam”, which means I would be the holder of all 4 Opens (US, French, British, and Australian) although not in one calendar year. It would also complete the career grand slam for me, which would put me in an elite group. As always I am focused 100%, and know that it will not be easy to accomplish this goal. The draws are up and if you click the links below you can see them.
Australian Open Singles Draw
Australian Open Doubles Draw
On a side note I wanted to share a thought on the new year that one of the people I admire the most shared with me. Kai Greene is a professional body builder, who has come in second place at the Mr. Olympia the last 3 years. Although he and I do not share careers in common, I find the mentality he brings to his training and life incredible. He is one of the most focused people I have ever seen, and has a mental perspective that I only wish I could have. Please take a read below at his thoughts on the new year, if they don’t motivate you to get out there and be amazing nothing will!
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Yes, you heard correct. #MakeMistakes
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re #DoingSomething
Its a New Year and if there is one thing I would encourage anyone to do it is just that…make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is….art, or love, or work, or family, or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing. #DoIt”