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2014 European tour re-cap – part 1
Harry wins his first European match!
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.
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