LA and Vancouver
So the perks of the tour begin to shine and the finer things in life begin to appear with 2 spectacular venues back to back and the likes of Keith Urban entertain for us in LA tour event.
The boys (Marinko Matosevic and Dayne Kelly) went into the LA with high expectations and were hoping to do battle in the later stages of the tournament with the likes of Andy Murray and Sam Querrey, however that was not to be. Dayne went down in qualifying in a what some would call a one sided affair. However as much as the battle was one sided on the score board it had no sign of how tough the battle was. Dayne went into the match working on several things in his game (as he is a player who looks for improvement every week and is not about the short term results rather long term) so the match was always going to be tough for him. He managed to pull some of the things off but most of all it was another stage of learning and a very simple way for him to expose his game and reep the rewards for constantly learning (which showed in his following week).
Marinko on the other hand was still fighting a bad virus after his victory in Aptos, California. He tried his little heart out but at the end of the day his energy levels were just too low to be competing at that level. So it was another week of recovery for him and small amounts of training leading into Vancouver, Canada.
As we arrive in beautiful Vancouver the boys feel very at home and appreciate one of the finer tournaments in life. We settled straight into the practice courts with a 2 hour session after our flight however the boys felt a little tired after the flight so off we went to lodge ourselves in the ‘travel lodge’ hotel for the evening.
The next morning we moved into our beautiful housing. We are staying with a family in Vancouver that has been so kind to the boys and have offered to house us for the week (a lot of this happens in the USA and Canada). So being in a spectacular house over looking the ocean it’s hard to have bad preparation leading into the tournament (The boys trained very hard for the remainder of the week and had good preparation leading into the tournament).
Dayne went out to strike first blood in the tournament and did so very successfully with a ‘bye’ in the opening round. His next opponent was Adam Feeney (who has been in good form after qualifying and making 2nd round for his last challenger event). Dayne beat Adam 2 weeks ago in Aptos but he knew he would be in for a tough match. The first set went to Adam 6-4 and Adam kept his foot on the peddel to get to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd set. Dayne however, being the fighter that he is made his comeback. He crawled himself back into the match and reeled off the next 11 out of 13 games and won the second set 6-4 and got himself a healthy 5-1 lead in the third. Adam then started to hit out and things started falling into his lap. Fighting qualities were to be much admired by both boys and the standard was very high. Adam fired off all cylinders for the remainder of the match and reeled off 6 games straight to take the match 7-5 in the third. A tough day in the office but again a learning curve and much is to be learnt from matches like this. ‘Such is Tennis’.
Marinko opened up his first round match against follow Australian Matthew Ebden. It was always going to be a tough match however Marinko had his game plan and he stuck to it. He faced 3 set points against himself in the first set tiebreak being down 3-6. He fought them off and won the tiebreak 9-7. He then began to start playing some ball and he took the second set quite easily. 7-6 6-2. Once again, ’such is tennis’. He now plays follow Australian Chris Guccione in his 2nd round.
I hope you are all training very hard back home and I trust that your preparation for Toowoomba is going well. I look forward to hearing from you all on hear, even if it’s just to say hi.
Stay well and work hard guys and girls and Marinko’s words of inspiration to you all this week are: ‘fight the good fight’.
Director & Head Coach of Pure Tennis Academy
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