The second half of my European tour saw me head to the grass courts. After Paris I was unable to practice or compete. My abdominal was very sore and giving me issues. I had my fingers cross there was enough time for me to recover before Roehamton and Wimbledon, two tournaments that I was very much looking forward to.
To rest my abdominal I went to the beautiful island of Gernesy, England for 2 weeks. I stayed with family friends who were amazing to me. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I didn’t do much at all. I had a holiday, in other words.
After my 2 weeks rest, I headed to London were I began my grass court preparation. It took a couple of days to get back into it, mainly because I had was making some slight changes to my serve technique to try and help my abdominal. A couple days out from the Roehamton I started playing practice sets again to try and get match ready, but honestly I just felt like I hadn’t played enough heading into my first round match. Grass is one of those surfaces that you need to train on to really feel comfortable, one because there are so few tournaments on grass during the year and two it plays very different to any other surface. I won my first match in a tight 3 setter, which I was happy with, as it was my first match on the grass. Second round, I played a very consistent opponent that didn’t give me much. I lost 6-3 in the third set. I was just happy I didn’t have my abdominal pain, it was just tight and stiff.
Next up was Wimbledon. The draw came out and they had me playing on Saturday which I was happy about because if I won my first one I would have a couple days off before my next round. Saturday came around and it was a cold, rainy day at Wimbledon. Play went on and off all day and eventually my match got postponed.
As the middle Sunday is a traditional rest day at Wimbledon, I came back on Monday! Ready and pumped up, I came out firing and won my first round 6-2 7-6. It wasn’t my best match, but I was happy that I got through. My second round was going to be a tough one as my opponent had a big game and could hurt you from anywhere on the court. I went down 6-4 7-6. I was down the whole match until 5-4 in the second, he was serving for the match but I managed to finally break him and turned it around giving myself 2 set points later that set, but was not able to take advantage of them. I also made it to the second round of the doubles draw with fellow Australian Marc Polmans.
I’m so happy that I had the privileged and experience to play Junior Wimbledon. I’m positive with the hard work I’m putting in now, I’ll be back soon! For now, see you Wimbledon.
Written by: Harry Bourchier