What a year! So much has happened the last 12 months that I don’t even know where to start. If I ever write a book about my life, this year will make up the best chapter so far. At the beginning of 2016, I never could have guessed that I would have been through so much only a year later.
I’ll have to say, the first few months of the weren’t all that interesting. I started the year with a training period, but got really sick right in the middle of it. So it was like I had to start it all over again when I got better. But I got a good training period after all, and that would pay off a few months later. I also didn’t travel to any tournaments the first few months. I didn’t play any international tournaments until the end of April, but since then it feels like the year has been one long tennnis season, packed with a lot of matches and good practice. I’ve been to 14 different countries since then.
I’ve played the French Tennis League for the first time this year, for my club Quimperlé. That was a very different but fun experience and I’m looking forward to going back there again this year. I’ve gotten 7 ATP Points in singles, my first ATP Point in doubles and reached my first quarterfinal in a Future tournament. I’ve climbed almost 900 places in the world rankings and reached my highest national ranking so far. Still, I’m not 100% happy with 2016, I shouldn’t be. I have played good matches as well as bad ones. I think my tennis has improved a lot this year, but there’s still so much work to be done. I just feel like I can do so much better, and that’s what I’m going to do in 2017.
The biggest change in my life during 2016 is of course me moving to Spain. It’s me going on the road in a minivan, sleeping in the back of a car on a bed that’s only 60 cm wide. That’s my reality right now and I fucking love it! It takes a lot to leave everything behind that feels comfortable and safe. But playing it safe is not gonna get me anywhere. It’s probably the biggest decision I have made in my life, and the best one too. But we this decision comes new challenges as well, stuff you need to be able to handle to get stronger. I’ve had all my belongings stolen and broken my toe, both in just a few days time. I’ve lost money and I’ve lost matches, but in the ends that’s not what’s most important. Some things can never be stolen. I’ve met so many new friends from all over the world this year, but I have lost friends as well. But the people who matter the most to me have stayed by my side no matter what, and that’s why they’re so important to me.
To summarize the year, it’s been a year filled with both ups and downs. But what the hell, maybe it’s my best year so far. I have so much to look forward to in 2017 and hopefully a few surprises heading my way. I have so much work to do both on the court and off it, I can’t wait to get started. I better stop writing and get down to it. 2017, BRING IT ON!