The Australian Open 2019 Experience

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Melbourne for the Australian Open 2019 (AO). I remember training and competing at Melbourne Park as a professional, and it certainly has a sort of magnetic feel about it. I was always there just prior to the event or once the event had concluded, so I wondered... Continue Reading →

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Macquarie Uni AMT Gold

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... Continue Reading →

Why Is Clay Court Tennis Different?

Tennis is perhaps one of the only sports that requires an athlete to compete on more than four different surfaces throughout one season. Just off the top of my head, you have Plexicushion (Australian Open), Har-Tru (Green Clay, Charleston Open), Red Clay (French Open and Europe), Natural Grass (Wimbledon, England and Netherlands), Deco-Turf (US Open,... Continue Reading →

Back To The Beginning Again

Tennis is one of the toughest sports in my opinion, not just because it is an individual sport, but also due to the fact that there is no set criteria to follow in order to achieve success. If anyone has tried to play tennis at a high level or even a recreational level, it soon... Continue Reading →

The DNA of a Professional Athlete

I have been underestimated on many occasions due to my background of being a professional athlete. This apparently meant that I have lived a privileged life and knew nothing of hardship, loss, disappointment and pain. It was almost as though people thought I lived a luxurious lifestyle. All they heard was that I was travelling... Continue Reading →

Lessons from the French Open

Be cool - Playing the big points well can get you across the line, i.e. Garbine Muguruza during the second week of tennis, particularly against Samantha Stosur and Serena Williams. Work the crowd - The French crowd loves showmanship and they support the player who is entertaining. Remember that tennis is a form of entertainment... Continue Reading →

The core issue in tennis as of 2016

Tennis has had an interesting 2016 thus far, with the biggest surprise being Sharapova's failed drug test at the Aussie Open. My personal opinion is that her case shouldn't be treated lightly and a lengthy ban is the only response necessary for an athlete who admits to using a performance enhancing drug throughout her entire... Continue Reading →

A final for the ages

The Australian Open women's final produced one of the most spectacular matches in the open era. For me personally, it was the best match I have seen in the history of the sport! Serena Williams was chasing history, looking to equal the great Steffi Graf who holds an open era record of 22 major singles... Continue Reading →

Do Lead Up Tournaments Matter?

At the end of December, when others are looking forward to a holiday, time off work, spending Christmas and New Year's with family and friends, tennis players are traveling and competing as per tournament schedule requirements. I observed that the way players finished a season would impact the start of the new season. It almost sets... Continue Reading →

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