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World Championships Training

Camden Riviere real tennis player

Hello My Friends!

As the WC approaches, I wanted to give you inside look into what my training consists of. Just because I qualified doesn’t mean I have put my feet up and am relaxing! In fact I have been pushing harder than ever to improve all the different parts of my game. The hardest part is building a schedule and sticking to it, which is why so many athletes are people who enjoyed patterns. This means repeating the same activities over and over again, which can help keep someone on top of their training. For me this involves a specific diet, as well as keeping my workouts at the same time every week.

Here is how a standard day will go:

Monday

4:30am – Wake up

5:00am – Breakfast

6:00am – 8:00am – ON COURT TRAINING

8:00am – 9:00am – Stretching and recovery

10:00am – Second Breakfast

11:30am – 1:00pm – GYM TRAINING

1:30pm – Lunch / Mental training

3:00pm – 5:00pm – ON COURT TRAINING

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Stretching and Recovery

6:30pm – Dinner

8:00pm – SLEEP

This type of day will repeat from Monday to Friday with the weekends being used for recovery and any other light training required. You can see that it becomes a full time job to train for this WC!

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HEADED TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Hello Friends!

I am proud to say that I have officially qualified for the 2016 Real Tennis World Championship. This was done by winning the Final Eliminator over Steve Virgona last week in Philadelphia. After going into the 3rd days play with a 6 set to 2 lead, I was able to close out the match in one set, winning it 6/3.

I now have a short turn around to prepare for the WC, but am very excited to be playing it on my home court in Newport, RI. It is a tremendous opportunity, and I am going to do everything in my power to take advantage of it.

Thank you to everyone who reached out with emails and texts, it means so much to know how much support is out there for me. I am now in Seattle spending a few days with Gold Leaf Athletics learning about how rackets are made, and putting the finishing touches on the limited edition NTC World Championships racket.

Don’t worry training is still in full force, and I am more than excited to hit the ground running after this week!

#FOCUS

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WC FINAL ELIMINATOR DAYS 1 AND 2

Hello My Friends!

    Sorry for not writing sooner, but things have been moving quickly here in Philadelphia. The Final Eliminator is in full swing, and it has been an intense few days. I have been playing well and find myself with a 6 sets to 2 lead going into the final day of play. This means I only need one more set to win the match! Below are my thoughts on each of the first two days matches.
Day 1 Sets 1-4
Day 1 of the Final Eliminator saw a very tense start from both Steve and me. It’s understandable as the pressure is on to make it through to the WC, but we both needed to overcome it as quickly as possible. I managed to find my groove first, which allowed me to take control of the first set. I did my best to start quickly and took the set 6/3. The second set was much the same, I was serving railroads and trying my best to keep Steves offense in check. The game plan was working, but he was starting to get more aggressive with his returns. I managed to keep the lead the whole set and grabbed it 6/2. The third set is where everything went sour. We battled the entire set, exchanging games before I grabbed a 4/2 lead. Steve fought back to 4/4 before I grabbed a 5/4 lead. I had a set point which I couldn’t convert, and Steve capitalized to take the game and then the set 6/5. This meant that I really needed to regain focus for the fourth set. I was 2 sets to 1 up, and that fourth set became one of the most important of the entire match. I tried my best to focus in, and after losing the first game of the set never looked back. I worked my way into every game and made Steve earn every point. This worked well, as I managed to take the set 6/1 and a 3 sets to 1 lead after day one.
Watch a replay of Day 1’s action HERE
Day 2 Sets 5-8
After grabbing the lead on Day 1, I knew that the 5th set would be crucial for me to keep the momentum of the match. I did my best to start quickly, and again grabbed a quick first set 6/3. The second set Steve started to find his openings, and put me on my back foot. I found myself 4/2 down before I snuck two games to tie it at 4/4. Steve took control though, and closed out the set with two very strong games 6/4. That meant we were 1 set all on the day, and that a third day was definitely going to happen. The mental side of the game at this point was immense, with both of us knowing the importance of the third set. Steve continued his aggressive hitting, and I was working hard to find a way to defuse it. Steve grabbed a 5/3 lead and I knew it was crucial that I be as consistent as possible to make him earn the set. I played a few big points to get to 4/5 and then a great game to tie it at 5/5. At this point we went back and forth eventually have a few deuces before I managed to sneak the set 6/5! That was the biggest set of the match, and with one left to play that day I knew I could put the pressure on. Entering the final set of the day I was 5 sets to 2 up, and wanted to grab the last one however possible. I put my foot down from the start, weathering the aggressive play from Steve and never looked back. I grabbed a 4/1 lead, then a 5/2 lead before closing out the set 6/2, making it 3 sets to 1 on the day.
Sundays play will begin at 1pm, and I will only need 1 set while Steve will need all 5 to take the match. Even with the scoreline, I am treating it as though we are level, and every set is equally as important. My preparation is the same as always, and I know it will be an intense battle from the start.
Watch a replay of Day 2’s action HERE
I will let you know what happens!!
#Focus
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March Update!

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Hello Friends!

March has been a crazy month for me! I have been doing more traveling than I thought possible, and have been working hard to prepare for the Final Eliminator. Overall I am feeling good though, with my game coming along just the way I would like it to for next week.

I started the month with a 4 day trip to London where I trained with former World Champion Chris Ronaldson. It was a once in a lifetime trip, and I can’t thank him enough for his time. It was the first time I have had my game broken down or thought about so intensely in a while, and it reminded me how much fun the mental side of the game is.

After returning from the UK, I went to Chicago to support my good friend Tim Chisholm, who was taking on Steve Virgona in the first round of the World Champs Eliminators. Unfortunately Tim couldn’t get the win and Steve moved through to the Finals to play against me! Of course I will do my best to get revenge for him!

Since then I have been training with John Lumley in Philadelphia, preparing for the match, which is set to start April 6th. We have been working hard, breaking down both our games, and hoping to rebuild them at an even higher level. It has been great to work with him, as I really think he will be knocking at the World Championship door very soon.

We are now less than a week from the start of the Eliminator, and all of the training has been completed. The next few days are all about proper preparation for the matches, which means preparing the body and mind! I am doing my best to relax by spending time with my dog Gus, and am trying to work on the mental preparation everyday.

I will be doing daily posts starting Monday the 4th of April about my preparation as well as my thoughts on each day. Please stay tuned and feel free to ask any questions you would like about my training!

#Focus