To this point, I haven’t been as active on this website as I could have been. That’s why I think it’s a good idea for me to do a quick summary of the week every Sunday, starting today!
Right now I’m at the tennisclub in Solin, Croatia. But this week started in Ukraine. The thing is that I forgot to withdraw from a tournament in Cherkassy, Ukraine, and with my ranking I got accepted directly into Main Draw. I was not planning on playing it at first, but since I got into Main Draw I decided to play anyway! So me and Thomas went driving from Sweden in our Tour Bus to Brussels where I catched a flight and Thomas continued on to run a couple of Marathons i Germany. So last Saturday I flew from Brussels to Kiev, and then got a transport from Kiev Airport to Cherkassy. I’ve never been to Ukraine before, and I will probably never go there again. The country looked more or less like a wasteland, taken directly from an episode of the tv series ”The Walking Dead”. The only thing missing was the zombies! But the hotel was okay and the food was cheap, so I won’t complain.
I started the tournament on Monday against Leon Schutt from Germany. He was seeded number 7 and ranked higher than me. I played better but lost a tough match 6-7 6-3 2-6. It turns out he went on to reach the final in that tournament, so with that being said it was a tough first round. On Tuesday I catched a flight from Kiev to Vienna, where I was meeting up with my coach Thomas who was running a couple of marathons in Germany during the weekend. He picked me up in Vienna and we started driving towards Solin. We took our time, stopping a few times along the way. But 700km later, on Wednesday afternoon, we reached Solin.
Solin is a small town just outside Split, just 5-10 minutes by car. Split is a nice city filled with tourists and great places to eat, so that’s where we usually go to eat or maybe hang out at the beach when we have some time to kill during the day. They have a nice tennisclub here in Solin with 6 clay courts and an amazing view over the mountains. And the sun is shining bright every day which makes almost everything a little bit easier, especially when you’re living in a car! There are great possiblities for practice during the days even though the qualifying has already started. The first few days I was mostly playing with Thomas since we had a few things we had to work on before the tournament started. But the last two days I’ve been playing with other guys from Argentina, Bosnia and Netherlands. I haven’t been playing so good the last few weeks, some things haven’t really worked out the way I wanted them to, and it’s easy to get stressed out by that. But I have to say, I’m feeling better now than in a long time, so I’m really looking forward to the next tournament here in Solin! First match for me is on Tuesday.