Israel - round 2, June 2017.
After my previous trip to Israel myself and my coaches decided I was then going to change onto clay and play tournaments on that surface for the rest of the summer. This was the plan, however due to circumstances my plans changed and I had to switch back to hard court and the best place for me to go seemed to be Israel. I arrived in Israel and headed to the beautiful Herzlia, (where the last tournament I was at in Israel was held,) the courts are a stones throw away from the sea but the temperature and humidity had noticeably increased from when I was there just a few weeks prior. I was in the qualifying, so signed in for that on Friday evening before starting to play on Saturday. I safely made it through qualifying to then be drawn against a Ukrainian ranked 900 in the world. I won that match after winning a tough first set 7-6, I came through the second set 6-2. Up next was the number 3 seed and person I had lost to a few weeks before at the same venue, Ben Patael (ATP 502.) It was a real battle but after playing some great tennis I managed to fight through 7-5 4-6 7-6 to make my first futures quarter finals. In the quarters I played Frenchman Leny Mitjana (ATP 830) who has just beaten the 5th seed in the previous round and I played what was my best match of the tournament winning 6-4 6-2. In the semi finals I faced Mor Bulis who had made the semi finals of the tournament the week before and was in great form. I came out a little slow losing the first set 6-1 but was able to get into the match in the second set but unfortunately couldn’t take my set point chances and he won the match by taking the second set 7-5. It was a great tournament for me, where I was able to string a series of good wins against players ranked between 400 and 900 spots above me in the rankings.
I headed into the next weeks tournament in Tel Aviv feeling very confident but not actually knowing how much the previous week and the excitement of getting to my first semi finals had actually taken out of me mentally. I found out in the first round where I lost to an really good Argentinian player.
Very exciting times for me ahead as I prepare for the World University games where I have been selected to represent team GBR in Chinese Taipei at the end of August and aim to build on these tournaments. I will reach a new career high ranking of around 1000 in the world in singles after these tournaments.
I haven’t reached my goals yet but I’m closer than I was yesterday.