Harry’s Open Assault – Mercury 2014

Harry is starting of is 2014/2015 Australia season with the Glenorchy Open in his hometown of Hobart. The article below is from Hobart’s paper The Mercury, November, 7 2014.

Harry's Open Assault

Harry’s Open Assault

 

2014 European tour re-cap – part 2

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.
Harry Wimbledon 2014

Harry Wimbledon 2014

Written by: Harry Bourchier

Bourchier to Represent Australia at Youth Olympic Games

An exciting few months are ahead for Harry. Harry has been selected to represent Australia and the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China and then will visit NYC to contest the US Open Juniors.

The link to the article published by Tennis Tasmania is below:

http://www.tennis.com.au/tas/news/2014/07/16/bourchier-to-represent-australia-at-youth-olympic-games

Stay tuned!

 

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