One thing that has remained constant in my life is how much I enjoy playing the game of tennis. I had been contemplating a return to competitive tennis throughout the year, however I just couldn’t find the balance between feeling physically able to compete, finding the right event and the time.
Along came November and the usual Christmas/New Year rush begins to kick in, with invites to work events, parties, family lunches etc so I decided to get my mind off it all and do something productive in the meantime. I knew that there was no way I’d avoid indulging in way too much food and drink during December, so I decided to workout a few days a week in addition to my usual coaching schedule. I had an epiphany as such, and decided that I would free up my time completely in December and compete again. I thought, what a fantastic way to end a year that has been somewhat tumultuous for me.
My last competitive match was in November of 2013, a pre-qualifying match for a Professional Women’s Challenger event in San Antonio, Texas. I specifically remember completing an intensive on-court and off-court program for 6 weeks before this match, and I was very flat during that performance. There was nothing in the tank sadly. I learnt a lot from that experience and decided that should I return to competitive tennis, I will focus solely on an intensive off-court regime and work my way into form on-court throughout the event.
It may be thought of as courageous, silly or even inspiring to others, but I will attempt to turn back time (like Cher) by spending the remainder of this week competing at the Macquarie Uni AMT Gold tournament against our up and coming juniors throughout NSW.