As we get close to one of the biggest tournaments (US Open) of the year we head into the hustle and bustle of New York City.

We arrived JFK airport last weekend and we got in a rental car. It took us 2hrs to move 2 miles down the first highway we hit. It’s one large city with a lot of people. The way we see it, we better get used to the hustle and bustle now so it becomes normal by the time the tournament starts and its no big shock to the system.

The boys preparation has been great and they have done a solid week of training here in New York. With approximately 4 hours a day on court and 2 hours in the gym doing fitness and weights it hasn’t left much time for anything else apart from eating and sleeping. The boys did get a chance to see central park on one of their days off and enjoyed the city for what it is but apart from that it’s all work this week.

Dayne Kelly went and competed this week at the New Haven tour event. He came into the tournament having done a lot of miles in the legs and constantly improving his game everyday we were on the court. He ran into a tough draw playing Mikhail Kukushkin (ranked 80 in the world) first round of qualifying. The boys slugged it out and fought a tough battle. Dayne went down 46 36 but had only positives to take from the match as he created 8 break points and took Kukushkin serve to deuce on 5 occasions. It’s quite clear that Dayne can compete with the top 100 men in the world and it’s just a matter of time until he becomes one himself.

Dayne Kelly - Pushing the body to the limits

The US Open men’s qualifying begins this Tuesday and the boys are keen to get out on court and do some damage.

On another note; On the eve of the US Open I have been fortunate enough to be able to sit inside an ATP tour coaching conference with some of the worlds most exclusive coaches. A fantastic way of learning with such knowledge at the table, and a great way to keep my skills up to date. We may even be fortunate enough to have some of the worlds exclusive coaches visit our club as we are very quickly recognised as the leading academy in Australia with having 3 of Australia’s top 15 men onboard and some of our leading juniors are also stepping up to find the mark.

I hope you are all having a successful trip in Toowoomba and I look forward to hearing the results and I will see you all late next week.

Tip for the week: Don’t over complicate things. Find consistency in what you do and work extremely hard to get good at doing whatever it may be. The sport is not a complicated sport unless you allow it to be.

Marc Kimmich

Director / Head Coach of Pure Tennis Academy