A win in Oslo

Sasha won his match yesterday–6-1, 4-6, 6-2. He plays the 1 seed today which should be a good match. He is a British leftie who we have seen play a number of times. We will let you know what happens when it happens. 🙂

Sasha is moving up in the Grade 2 in Lithuania. He is now 5 on the qualies list which should in the worst of cases put him seeded 2 in qualifying. Best case we will eeeek into the main draw.

After that tournament of course we will go back to Copenhagen to collect our things and head to Palm Springs. We have added one tournament in Costa Rica (Grade 3) to give Sasha a better shot at being a high seed at Easter Bowl and potentially be seeded at Carson. Of course some of that is dependent on what happens this week and next. As of now, he would be on the verge of seeding but probably just outside. We also need to realize that the American kids are now beginning to play–there are ITFs in Mexico and Central America that more kids travel to. Along with of course Claremont, Carson and Easter Bowl then the 4s and 5s in Florida and the Islands start up. Obviously to be a contender for getting into the French, one has to have a ranking inside the top hundred–very doable for Sasha but means he has to do well in the big events–Lithuania, Costa Rica, Carson, Easter Bowl, and Beaulieu. Lots of opportunity, but good players there from first match. He is now to the point where the Grade 4s and 5s don’t offer much chance to improve ranking. Playing with the big boys now and consistent results are important.
After Lithuania we have a week off the court. Sasha takes the SATs and we will do some physical training to get back some of the stamina and endurance that one looses playing back to back events. After SATs we will begin on court training again along with continuing intense physical training. We have a day off which we will use to travel to Costa Rica. There we will connect with Jose Fernando Carvajal Torres. How is that for a mouthful. Jose and Sasha will practice form3 days in Costa Rica and then play the Grade 3 in singles and doubles. Jose will travel back to Palm Springs with us. At that point we will assess whether we will take the next week off or play the Grade 4 in Claremont. Then it’s Carson and Easter Bowl back to back. Jose and Sasha will play dubs at Carson. Jose cannot play Easter Bowl as he is not American.

So that’s a longer update than I intended, but… Sasha is just going on court!! Later everyone!!

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