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AUGUST UPDATE

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Hello CT Fans!

August has been a tremendously busy month for me, with many big changes happening. I have started preparations for the 2016/2017 season, and only have a month left until the first event, the French Open. This training involves getting back with my trainer, Mike Cecchi, as well as getting back out on court. It still feels like the World Championships was just yesterday, but I know I need to get back on the horse to make sure I am 100% prepared for the what is to come.

Luckily, last weekend the National Tennis Club hosted its annual Pell Cup doubles tournament, which I have traditionally used as a warm-up event to kick off my training. This year I teamed up with my good friend, and Boston T&R Head Professional Tony Hollins in the Pro Division. We had two tough matches to make it to the Finals, but I was pleased with my form given the time off over the summer. In the Finals we played current Doubles World Champion, and my doubles partner, Tim Chisholm and one of the top amateurs in the US Peter Cipriano. The match was a close one with Tony and me taking the first set 6/4 before falling in the second set 6/3. The final set was a short one, starting at 3-all, and we managed to take an early lead which proved to be the difference. We took the set 6/4 and that was the match!

I also managed to sneak in a super early morning practice session with John Lumley over the weekend, and am currently planning a trip down to TuxPhiladelphia to put in some good training time with him before the French. I will most likely be there in early September, so if you are around let me know!

Hopefully there will be a lot more big news over the next few months, so keep checking in for updates!

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UPCOMING COCKTAIL PARTIES

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Hello All!

I have been honored to receive calls from a few clubs around the US who have asked to throw cocktail parties in my honor. The first of these will be at the Boston Tennis & Racquet Club on Thursday July 21st. Boston has always been a second home to me, and it means a lot to see the great support they have for me.

The second event will be down south in Aiken, South Carolina, my hometown. There is a whole day of events to take place, and I am looking forward to finally getting to share this achievement with them all. The first event will be at the Chamber of Commerce in Aiken, where Mayor Rick Osbon, Senator Tom Young, and Representative Bill Taylor will be present to honor my achievement as well as announce August as Racquet Sports Month in Aiken. The event will start at 11am and I would love to see anyone who can attend!

This will be followed by a lunch at the Wilcox Hotel, which I am hosting to thank many of my friends and sponsors for their support.

In the evening, the Aiken Tennis Club will be hosting a cocktail party for its members, me, and my family. As many know, Aiken is where I grew up playing, and I can’t wait to celebrate with all of my friends.

Thank you to all of the clubs and people who have helped to organize these events. It is truly an honor to see the amount of support there is for my achievement of becoming World Champion. It motivates me even more to continue to grow, and to be the best champion possible.

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JULY UPDATE

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Hello My Friends!

Coming off of an amazing May and June, I have been trying to recover (both mentally and physically). Most of my July has been spent back at work in Newport, and focusing on building my schedule for the next year. With my new title comes much expectation, both from others and myself, and I am going to do my best to reach those expectations.

One of the biggest changes in the next year, is that I will be working with the USCTA by attending more nets to promote the great game of court tennis. My hope is to encourage those who play to stick with it, as well as convince those who don’t yet play to get out there.

I have also started back with my training, and have to say it is harder than I remember! My first session back with Mike Cecchi at Bridge to Fitness was one of the hardest I have ever had. There are new mental barriers I must overcome, as well as new goals far above what we had set before. I am looking forward to the challenge, but am very aware of how difficult it will be.

I hope you all are enjoying the summer, and I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events around the US!

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CAM’S BACK!

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Hello Friends!

I am excited to say that my injury layoff is officially over! It has been a very long few months dealing with a shoulder injury that has been following me for close to 5 years. Over the last few months I have been focused on fixing it permanently in order to get myself to 100% for the upcoming World Championship Eliminators. I will admit it has been very difficult to miss all of the tournaments this Fall, but I have kept reminding myself of the bigger picture, trying my best to become World Champion.

 

My recovery is largely in part to two people, Burt Reed and Michael Cecchi. Burt is the owner of Olympic Physical Therapy, where I have become a regular, spending a minimum of 3 days a week getting my shoulder worked on. Burt and his team have taken amazing care of me, and have taught me more than I probably need to know about how shoulders work.

Mike is the owner of Bridge to Fitness, the best gym in Newport, and is one of the most knowledgable trainers I have ever met. While working with Burt, he recommended that I see Mike about getting back into shape, and the rest is history (and a lot of pain!). Mike and I are now working together 2-3 days a week to get me back into shape, and hopefully even into better form that I have ever been before. I can’t thank these gentlemen enough for their help, and I believe they have helped me to come back stronger than ever.

If you have any injuries, or just want to try to get into shape, I cannot think of two better people and places to help. I have trained in many places, and had many injuries (too many in my opinion!), but I have never felt as confident as I do in the work of these two.

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Head Professional of the National Tennis Club

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Hello Friends!

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.

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BRITISH OPEN PREPARATIONS

Hello Friends!

Having finished my USCTA National League matches for the year, I am now putting 100% of my focus towards the British Open, which starts in about 10 days. I have been preparing for it for the last month or so, but now I can dedicate myself more fully, having returned home and finished my other matches. This next 10 days will be the finishing touches on my training, and I want to share them with you all. The training will be more focused on the court at Queens, which means preparing certain shots and serves, rather than working on my fitness or strength in the gym. My workouts will be shorter, and and concentrated to prime myself for when the event starts.

Yesterday was a fitness and legs focused day, and I was lucky enough to be joined by Ben Cook at the Daniel Island Club gym for the workout. Ben is steadily improving, and wants to work hard on his footwork and leg strength, so the workout was great for both of us. The workout focused on leg strengthening exercises like lunges and squats, but at the same time incorporated a fitness element by not allowing for breaks, and going for higher reps. We also tried to use proper “court tennis” form on all of the movements, so that they would transfer on to the court better. We finished the workout with 10 minutes of non stop abs, focusing more on the sides and rotation exercises.

Today was a more relaxed day, trying to allow my legs to recover, but also making sure that I kept the body working so that it would be used to the daily workouts when the tournament comes around. I focused on my shoulder physical therapy, which I must continue to do multiple times a week to keep it healthy. The exercises for this are mainly back related, and tend to involve little to no weight resistance. When I am doing my PT, I also try to focus on the mental side of the game, imagining the court at Queens, and how I remember it playing. I use this time to think about the atmosphere at the club, hoping to make myself more comfortable with the club before I even arrive. I find this helps make the transition to a new court much easier, as I am prepared for it ahead of time.

I will continue to write as the week progresses, and I hope you all enjoy this insight into how my training works. Keep in mind this is not everything that I do, there is also a lot of stretching and icing that goes on behind the scenes! If you have any questions please feel free to comment, and I will make sure to answer them!

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AUGUST 2014 UPDATE

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I hope the summer has been treating you all well!! Mine has been flying by, with lots of trips and even a little tennis from time to time. I just returned to the south from a 3 week trip around the northeast, and am excited to be home.

My trip started out with a drive up from Charleston, SC to Philadelphia, PA. It was a solid 10 hour drive, which may seem like a lot, but is much shorter than the normal one I do which is to Boston (around 18 hours or so). I met up with my good friend Gabe, and spent the day catching up with him about his summer. It is not often I get to go to the northeast cities in the summer, since most of our tournaments

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The next leg of the trip was up to Maine for a solid week of rest and relaxation. It was great to get away from the Southern humidity for a while, and although it rained a but in Maine, it was a beautiful week. I then traveled down to Boston for a few days of training at the Tennis and Racquet Club. This was for a few reasons, one being that I had not played since June, and the other being that I had a tournament in Newport the next weekend! After a nice few days in Boston I headed down to Newport to meet up with all the boys at the Pell Cup. It was a nice weekend, with some of the best weather I’ve seen in Newport in a long time. Unfortunately the tournament didn’t go as planned, and my partner and I ended up going home in second place.

Following the tournament I hopped back in the car to start the long drive home, but managed to make a few stops along the way. The first stop was in Tuxedo Park, NY to see my good friend and doubles partner Tim Chisholm. I had not seen Tim all summer, and felt it was a needed stop over. We had a great time catching up, and put in some solid hours on the court as well.

After Tuxedo I headed down to Washington, DC for my final stop over of the trip. The boys at Princes Court had arranged20140815_212156 clinics which I was happy to do doing the day. It was great to see how many people turned out to hit and chat with me. That night I was treated to a great dinner and a late night session of a video game called Rock Band with some great friends.

I have now arrived back in the south, having hit every court on the east coast over the last 3 weeks. It was a great trip, and was so nice to catch up with so many people. I now have a few weeks down south to train and prepare for the first tournament of the season, the French Open. The tournament start September 21st and is being played in Paris. I will be returning to the northeast for a week or so before it starts to finish off my training, and if you are around would love to catch up with you all!

Thanks again to all of the clubs and members who were nice enough to spend some time with me over the last few weeks. I will do my best to keep you all updated in the coming weeks.

Camden

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OXIDATIVE STRESS AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

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Hello health nuts!

For the last few years I have been working with a company called Juice Plus+, who work in whole food based nutrition. This means they use concentrates from over 25 real fruits and vegetables to create health tablets and powders. If you don’t know why fruits and vegetables are so important to all of us, pro athlete or not, please take a look at the video below. It is a webcast from Juice Plus+ and although it is very long, it is one of the videos that changed how I look at my training and diet. For those of you interested in my training and diet, this video will help you understand the diet side a bit more!

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I truly believe in Juice Plus+ and want you all to understand exactly how it works. It has become as important a part of my training as my time on court or in the gym. If you don’t have time to watch the video, or do and want to find out more information about how to order some please follow the link below. You can also just click the tab at the top of my website titled Juice Plus+. It will lead you to my personal Juice Plus+ site, which can give you lots more info!

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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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