After two weeks in France I’m finally back home in Sweden again. It’s been a fun trip and a great experience for me. This was my first time in France, and my first time playing the French League so I didn’t really know what to expect. I had never met any of the players or the coaches before going to France, so it was something completly new to me. But they turned out to be a great team, both on and off the court. I’ve been having a lot of fun with them during the past two weeks.
I was playing for Quimperlé Tennis Club, a small club in the north of France. We always play our matches on sundays, so during the weeks I’ve been praticing in Quimperlé with the team. It’s actually a great club for such a small town, with a great team in National Division 1 indoors. So I’ve been practicing a lot and I’ve also been playing better and better. This was also a good experience for me because their traditions was a lot different from what I’m used to at home. However, I could be in the same situation during some tournament in the future so it’s good to learn how to adapt to different conditions.
- I played three team matches for Quimperlé, and we won all of them. First we played against Puiseaux and started great with an easy 5-1 win. I won my singles match in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, despite not playing very well. In doubles I played with Evan Furness, one of the best juniors in France. We had no problem winning our doubles match, an easy win 6-3, 6-1. Good start of my trip!
- Next match was against Audincourt at home in Quimperlé. I played better this time and won my singles match 7-5 6-4. But we lost our doubles match, despite having 5(!) match points. However, Quimperlé still won the match 4-2. I really liked the atmosphere and the supporters in Quimperlé, it was so much fun playing there. Around 60 people all cheering ”Jeppe! Jeppe! Jeppe!”, that was really cool. My favourite supporter was one of the guys who had brought a trumpet, he got my opponent really pissed off!
- We played the last match yesterday against Argenteuil, a very important match for us because it would decide if we would win the National D4 or not. It started off great with me winning my singles match 6-1 6-1 in just 50 minutes against one of their best players. After the 4 singles matches were finished we had a comfortable 3-1 lead. We finished strong by winning the two doubles matches, with me and Evan winning our match 6-1 6-2. A great finish to two great weeks in France! Hopefully I will join the team again next year for National Division 3.
So, what’s next? I’ve only been home for one day during the last 5 and a half weeks, so it feels great to be home for a while. But I won’t be for long! On Saturday I’m leaving for Spain where I’m going to practice for a few days. After that, I’m going to Belgium to play a couple of ITF tournaments. So I have a lot of good things ahead of me!