Harry has come off of a month-long training stint at his base in Melbourne and is on his way to the United States to kick-off his North American summer. Harry will play three tournaments while in North America. He will start off in College Park, Maryland on August 19 then on to Montreal, Canada and finish with the US Open Juniors at Flushing Meadows, New York. Harry has been training hard over the last month to be ready for the three tournaments. He is excited to get back on the match court and is looking to post some great results. He will be traveling with his coach Liam Smith and fellow Australian Brad Mouseley. There will also be some familiar faces. Harry’s brother, Eddie and sister, Ella and friends are in the United States to support him. If you are in the locations during the dates below, feel free to get in contact by posting a comment on this Blog or Harry’s Facebook fan page and show your support!
- College Park, Maryland Grade 1 ITF August 19 – 24
- Montreal, Canada Grade 1 ITF August 26 – 31
- Flushing Meadows, New York Grade A ITF September 1 – 8
Harry has made his way to Halle, Germany to kick-off his 2013 grass court season. After a long a grueling few months on the clay Harry his energized and excited be back on the Grass and is looking to have some great results in the coming weeks. Again this week Harry is rubbing shoulders with the worlds best. He is training at the site of the 2013 Garry Weber Open a ATP 250 event in Halle. Today, Harry practiced with Japan’s Kei Nishikori. Harry has signed up for the qualifying event at the Garry Weber open and will find out in coming hours whether or not he will get a place. Harry’s remaining European tournament schedule is listed below:
G2 ITF June 18 – 22 Halle, Germany
G1 ITF June 23 – 28 Roehampton, England
GA ITF July 1 – 7 Wimbledon, England
Harry & Kei Nishikori
Harry and doubles partner Filippo Baldi (ITA) fell at the first hurdle today going down in three tough sets to Mazen Osama (EGY) and Simon Friis Soendergaard (DK) 6-2 1-6 (10-6). Harry will now be transitioning to the grass courts by making his way to the G2 ITF starting June 18 -22 in Halle, Germany. Harry leaves the 2013 Roland Garros Championships know as the “best dressed.” Click below to follow the article.
In his final clay court tournament of the 2013 calendar year Harry is competing at the French Open Juniors. In his first round Harry lost to Jorge Brian Panta (PER) in three tough sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Harry is excited to start his doubles campaign June 4, he is partnering with Filippo Baldi (ITA). The pairing who are seeded six will be looking to make a run in the doubles draw and you can follow their progress at the link below:
Roland Garros 2013
I’ve made my way to Napoli, Italy with the team for the F6 future! It was six long hours in the car from the Italian training base to get here. Today I played my first European tournament of the year and won 6/3 6/4! I play my second round of qualifying tomorrow. I have had strong physical training while I have been in Europe. I believe this physical training has improved my game both physically and mentally, thanks to my coach Liam Smith. Liam has been invaluable for me over couse of the year. I really believe I can have some great results with the training, preparation and team I have around me and because of this I’m in a clear and strong space. I look forward to geting some great results!
A big shout out to my older sister Ella who with her tennis team from UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas) won the Mountain Conference Championships. The team defeated San Diago State 4-1 in the conference final which was played at Air Force, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ella who is in her last season as senior at UNLV will now go on to play in the NCAA tournament which will start in 2 weeks.
Ella in action at the Mountain West Conference Championships
I’m here just outside of Pisa, Italy at the Italian Federation training base. Similar to AIS back home in Australia. It is an awesome place to train, no destination around because its in between to towns near the beach. You can just dig deep and get some solid work done on and off the court, in the gym, running track and in the school books. I’m half way through this little 2 week Italian training block and my body is holding up nicely. It’s Sunday here today so we might go for a drive around and see some tourist attractions. Last night we went into the city of Pisa and had an amazing pizza at one of many pizzerias. We also had a good look at the leaning tower of Pisa and some of the city. (Photo below)
My usual day consists of standing up at 7:30 heading down to the food cafeteria. We normally start hitting tennis balls at 9 so have to do all warm up and injury prevention work beforehand. We arrive in the gym at around 8:20 to begin all this. We have some very tough physical session on the clay courts here. We finish up on the court around 11:30 if we’re lucky then we head into the gym and do some strength work which takes around an hour – hour and half. I’m pretty tired but this stage so we come back to the room shower up clean up get ready for the afternoon. Head to lunch then after lunch we get about 2 hours school work done. After we are back on the courts around 3:30 for an on court session which is followed by a running track session doing sled running or 400m work outs. Now I start to feel my legs! It is very convenient that we are only 5 mins away from the beach, we are able to do some recovery work and come back to have a 30 min stretching session then if we have more school work this would be the time. Dinner is usually quite late over here around 8-9 pm so this is when we whined things down and start chilling out for the next day.
A typical day consists of:
Wake up 7:30
Warm up rehab work 8:20
Hitting on court 9
Hitting on court 3:30-4
Running session 5:30-6
Beach recover 6:30
Catch up time 7
Chill out time
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Below is Harry’s tournament schedule while on his European tour. If you are in the area and want to watch some tennis and catch up with Harry, you will find him in these places! Leave a comment or check-in with tournament websites closer to the dates, for times and exact dates that Harry will be in action.
Future (F6) April 29 – May 5 Pozzuoli, Italy
Future (F7) May 6 – 12 Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy
G1 ITF May 13 – 18 Santa Croce, Italy
GA ITF May 20 – 26 Milano, Italy
GA ITF June 2 -9 Roland Garros, France
G2 ITF June 18 -22 Halle, Germany
G1 ITF June 23 – 28 Roehampton, England
GA ITF July 1 – 7 Wimbledon, England
Harry has made his way to Nice, France for the first stop of of his 2013 European tour. Harry will spend the next 3 months traveling Europe training and playing tournaments with his coach Liam Smith and fellow Australian and traveling partner Omar Jasika. The first few days have been exciting for Harry as has he has had the chance to training with the likes of fellow Australian Pat Cash and current ATP top 100 tour players Janko Tipsarevic and Philipp Petzschner. In the coming days Harry will be traveling to Monte Carlo to watch Janko Tipsarevic and Rafael Nadal train as they make there final preparations for the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Harry’s first tournament will be the F6 Future in Pozzuoli, Italy Starting on April 29.
Stay tuned to follow Harry’s 2013 European Tour!
Omar, Harry, Pat – Nice, France
Harry completed another successful week in Manila, Philippines. Harry and doubles partner Cameron Norrie (NZL) won the doubles final 7/5 6/4 against Lucas Miedler (AUT) and Akira Santillan (AUS). The doubles win came off the back of a quarter final appearance in the singles, before losing to the number one seed Borna Coric (CRO). Harry is now relaxing at home for a week, before heading back to Melbourne to start a training block before heading of to Europe.
Below is a photo of the trophy ceremony in Manila, Philippines.
The latest ITF Junior rankings came out on Monday and Harry has moved up to #25 in the world, this poises him well for the Junior Gland Slam tournament for the rest of year. This week Harry is competing in the 24th Mitsubishi-Lancer International Junior Championships in Manila, Philippines and will hope to improve again on his ranking!
Harry practicing before his doubles final in Malaysia last week.