I am very excited to announce that I have accepted the job of Head Professional at the National Tennis Club in Newport, Rhode Island. I am very excited about the opportunity to return to the northeast, and a club that was my home for quiet a few years. Newport offers me the opportunity to progress both my game, and my professional abilities to a new level, which I believe will help me reach my ultimate goal of becoming World Champion.
Leaving South Carolina is a very hard decision for me to make, and I cannot thank you all enough for the kindness, support, and respect you have shown me. I am starting a new chapter in my life, and I am very sad to see this one end. Thank you to the Aiken Tennis Club, and all of it’s members, who have continued to support me over the years, as it has helped make me into the professional I am today.
My time in Newport will start in mid July, and I hope that I will be able to catch up with all of you, either in Aiken over the next few weeks, or in Newport in the future.
Yesterday I won my 6th (!!!) consecutive US Pro Singles title, defeating Steve Virgona in the Final. This caps off what can only be called my best season yet, and I couldn’t be happier. The tournament featured 7 of the top 10 players in the world, and was a great week of tennis. The Finals was one of the hardest ones I have played in here, with Steve playing very well, but I managed to win the big points when I needed to, taking the match 6/2 6/3 6/2.
A big thank you to Jay and Suzie Schochet for sponsoring the event, and the National Tennis Club and International Tennis Hall of Fame for hosting. It is always great to be in Newport this time of year, and I think that is a big part of my success at the tournament.
I am now looking forward to getting home to catch up with Gus the corgi, and a little well-earned time off from competitive tennis. The season will start back up in early September with the French Open, where I will be defending both the Singles and Doubles titles. I can’t wait for next season, but am looking forward to recovering over the summer.
It is a very proud day for me, as I can officially say that I am a World Champion! Yesterday, my doubles partner Tim Chisholm, and I won the World Championship of Doubles defeating the previous Champions Rob Fahey and Steve Virgona by a score of 5 sets to 0. It was an incredible week of tennis, and I am so proud to have won it with one of my closest friends. Tim played amazing throughout the entire week, which made it much easier for me to play well and use my strengths.
The finals was a best of 9 set format played over two days. On day 1, Tim and I came out strong, trying to let everyone know from the first point that we were here to play. We did just that, taking control of the match early, and making our opponents try to keep up with our game plan. After day 1 we found ourselves with a 4 set to 0 lead, needing only 1 set on day 2 to capture the title. This didn’t stop us from focusing 100% on the second day though, and I am proud of our ability to come out on day 2 and take the first set and the match.
This is a huge achievement for Tim and I, especially since we had come so close to winning the title two years ago in Paris. To be able to call myself a World Champion has always been a dream, and I still do not fully believe it has happened. A huge thank you to the Tuxedo Club for an unbelievable week, and to Roberto Coin, BMW, Harrow Sports, and Breitling for sponsoring the event.
Below is a link to an article that came out in the Aiken Standard yesterday, Sunday the 7th of June. It is a great article, and I can’t thank Mr. Dawson enough for his kinds words in it. I am hoping they will continue to follow my career, and that it there are more like it in the future!
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