2014 European tour re-cap – part 1

In May, I set off on a eight week trip from Tassie to tackle the European summer! I had been preparing for this tour for 2 months with the help of my coach Simon Youl. I felt great going into the tour as I had worked on my strength and fitness and felt like I had fully recovered from my abdominal injury that I had been dealing with the prior few months.
The first stop was Milan. Milan is the lead in tournament for the Junior French Open. I won my first match in an epic three set match. I was down 5-2 in the 3rd, but managed to get back on track and win 7-5 in the third.  I was very happy with this win as it was my first match back. I also played doubles in this tournament which looking back may have not been the right choice. My partner and I won a couple of rounds. I also won my next singles match without much pain on the abdominal but then in my 3rd round match I was in some bad pain and mentally it was quite tough knowing that the injury was back. I played most of the match was forced to pull out due to the injury.
At this stage I had to look a the bigger picture which was get my self ready for the Junior Grand Slams. I was 10 days out from Paris and around 7 weeks from Wimbledon. In my head I knew I would be much more confident on the grass because it suit my game. So I had to make the choice whether to pull the pin on Paris and get ready for grass or try to play Paris but could possibly make the injury worst. I ended up deciding that I would play the French Open.
I prepared for the french Open by going to Munich, Germany where they have an Australian training base. I didn’t serve just keep up my physical work. I spend around a week their training with another injured German professional tennis player Cedrik Stebe. After the week I headed off to Paris a couple days before the French Open to get ready. My abdominal still felt unstable. Two days out from the tournament I started to rolled my serve over again and it felt fine, good enough to play in practice. The day before my first round match I decided to play a set and half at highest intensity. Its fair to say I pulled up very sore in the abdominal area.
The morning of my first match I was still sore and stiff, I warmed up as usual, got a massage and the abdominal taped up. I went out onto the match court with the mentally that I would give everything. I won the toss! This was the first time I had elected to receive, I always open with my serve. I ended up losing in a close straight setter 6-3 6-4. I had count less break points on his serve which I was able to take advantage off. I was only broken once in the first and second sets which was quite good considering. All in all it was a frustrating couple of weeks.This marked the end of the clay season.
I would really like to thank my coach in Tassie Simon Youl for the countless hour he spent with me grinding on the clay at home before I left. Also Rob Lynch for letting us use his clay court in Hobart.
Harry French Open 2014

Harry French Open 2014

Written by: Harry Bourchier

Harry One of Ten Exciting Tassie Athletes

Harry has been featured in news.com.au as one of Ten up and coming Tassie athletes to watch. This comes of the back of a second round appearance in the 2014 Wimbledon Junior Championships going down to Dutchman Tim Van Rijthover.

Harry is excited for the next few months, that will see him compete in the Junior Olympic Games in China and the U.S. Open Juniors in Flushing, New York. Harry is also very excited to keep working hard on and off the court and to embrace what the next year will bring as there will be new challenges as he transitions from the junior tour into senior tour.

Link to news.com.au article below: 

Ten to watch as Tassie young guns fly high

Bourchier Bound for Europe

Harry has taken off to start his campaign on the Red European Clay. After a two month break from tournaments Harry is excited and ready to get back out on the match court to post some great results in his upcoming tournaments. Harry will start in Milan, Italy playing a Grade A junior tournament. Harry says, “I love the tournament and the set up in the beautiful Italian city and I can’t wait to get back out there.”

Harry will then move on to the Slovenia F2 Futures in Maribor, Slovenia. Here Harry will try to gain some final match practice and valuable ATP ranking points before heading to Roland Garros Junior French Championships starting June, 1.

Harry’s last two months were spent training in his home town of Hobart and he feels like he is in some of the best shape of his career. Harry has really focused on strengthening and conditioning his body over the few months, to try and continue to becoming a fitter and stronger player. Harry is hoping this focus will help him to make deeper runs in tournament draws, as his body and mind will be more able to keep up the with the very high physical and mental demands of tournament play.

After Roland Garros Junior French Championships Harry will move to the grass court season and in particular, The Wimbledon Juniors Championships. Stay tuned for Harry’s results over the coming weeks. A list of upcoming tournaments and dates are below:

55° Trofeo Bonfiglio Milan, Italy – 19 May – 25 May 2014

Slovenia F2 Futures Maribor, Slovenia – 26 May – 01 June 2014

Roland Garros Junior French Championships Paris, France  01 June – 07 June 2014

Roland Garros 2013

Roland Garros 2013

2014 Asian Tour

Harry has recently returned from a 3 week tour in Asia. He played three Grade 1 ITF Junior Tournaments and had some great results reaching one final and two semi-finals. Harry was very pleased with his continued success in 2014, after reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open Juniors in January. These results have put him in a great position for the remaining of the Junior Grand Slam tournaments in 2014. With these results he can now begin to start focusing on playing more pro level tournament for the remainder of 2014.

In the first tournament in Nonthaburi, Thailand Harry reached the semi-final going down to Petar Conkic (SRB) 6-3 6-7(0) 6-7(3), Harry also made the semi-final of doubles with fellow Australian, Marc Polmans. The tour then took Harry to Sarawak, Malaysia where he reached the final, going down to Duck Hee Lee (KOR) 3-6 6-7(1). He also reached the quarter finals in the doubles, again with Marc Polmans. Finally, Harry moved on to Manila, Philippines where he lost in the semi-final, falling to Ku Keon Kang (KOR) 6-7(5) 3-6. Harry did not play doubles in this tournament due to injury. Harry now sits at 31 in the world for ITF Juniors and 966 in the ATP Tour rankings.

Harry has made his way back to Australia and will be spending time in both Hobart and Melbourne over the coming weeks training with coach Simon Youl and focusing on school before he heads of to Europe, for the European summer of tennis!Image

Harry Bourchier – Asia 2014

Sizzling Summer of Tennis

Harry has enjoyed a fantastic summer of tennis in Australia. He has posted some career best results and it puts him in great stead for the coming year. It started in December at the 18u Australian Hardcourt Championships at Melbourne Park were he was a finalist in both the singles and doubles. The singles was a tough fought match but in the end going down to Brad Mousley 6-3 7-5. The doubles was a similar fate. Harry and his partner Akira Santillan went down 2-6 6-4 10-8 to Mitchell Harper and Jade Jaede. These great results gave him the opportunity to play in the Australian Open Wild Card Playoff again at Melbourne Park. Harry went down to talented Ben Mitchell first round, this proved to be a great learning experience and really gave him some strong motivation for a 4 week training block. He spent this training block at home in Hobart with coach Simon Youl and family, before tackling the Australian Open Juniors.

Harry made his second appearance at the Australian Open Juniors and he was keen to improve on last years tough first round loss to South African 7th seed Wayne Montgomery in three tough sets. Harry did just that. With the hometown support of many friends and family harry excited the fans by blistering into the round of 16 before going down in a marathon match to Russian 10th seed Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-7 (7) 14-12. The match went well over three hours and Harry saved 10 match points before falling to the Russian. Harry was very please with his performance and it has given him the confidence to take on the year ahead.

After the Australian Open harry headed back to his home state, Tasmanian, to play in the Burnie Challenger. The ITF Futures and ATP Challenger circuit is going to be a focus of Harry’s in 2014 as he makes the transition from the juniors to seniors. Harry again had some quality wins, winning through the qualifying rounds before going down in the first round of main draw to Japan’s Yuichi Ito 1-6 6-3 6-4. The tour then took him on to the West Lakes Challenger in Adelaide where we was awarded a wild card in to the main draw. Harry made the most of this opportunity and won his first round match again 8th seed Australian, Greg Jones, winning 6-4 6-4 before going down in the second round to Australian, Maverick Banes, 7/6 (2) 7/6 (4). These two challenges has given Harry valuable ATP ranking points putting him at a career high of 957. Harry is also currently ranked 30 for ITF juniors.

Harry is currently at home in Hobart training for a three week tour in Asia starting in March were his will compete in three ITF juniors tournaments.

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Australian Open 2014

Bourchier bound for USA

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

2013 Grass Court Season

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 & Kei Nishikori

Best Dressed

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.

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Roland Garros 2013

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:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/index.html

Roland Garros 2013

Roland Garros 2013

Italian training

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
Gym 11:45
Lunch 1-1:30
School 1:30-2
Hitting on court 3:30-4
Running session 5:30-6
Beach recover  6:30
Catch up time 7
Dinner 8-9
Chill out time

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy