Archive for November, 2018

Alex takes the back draw at ITA Fall Nationals

November 12, 2018

Overcoming a week that started with an ankle roll, a first round loss because of blisters on his hands that made it almost impossible to hold his racquet, and perhaps most importantly, what all this can collectively do to your mindset, Alex won the back draw.


Time for some training at ND, then in California with Collin Altamirano, Jenson Brooksby and teammate Axel Nefve to prepare for a couple of Futures followed by the college dual match season.  I’m very proud of this guy!

And what about Alex asks everyone

November 10, 2018

Alex is in Surprise, Arizona at the ITA Fall Nationals.  Head coach, Ryan Sachire is in charge at this tournament.  Alex has been playing well this fall and this is the last tournament of the college fall season.  He lost a tough first round match.  He was playing very well, won the first set and then lost the next two sets as the blisters he was suffering on his hands made it virtually impossible to hold the racquet.  I would post the pictures he sent me of his hands, but they are gross.  🙂

So, the trainers there worked some with a special tape and he is playing the back draw.  He has done very well, beaten some top players and is now in the semi-finals.

You can watch his quarter final against Tim Ruehl at the following link:

And see his semi-final or follow the score on Saturday at:

Very proud of him and how he is playing!!


A day in Singapore, now in Bangalore

November 10, 2018

Had a very nice day at the tennis conference in Singapore.  Thank you to the AAC for a very warm welcome.  I’m pleased that they enjoyed my keynote speech and the panel presentation.  Thank you also to the people at the Ritz Carlton there for welcoming me warmly.  It was very nice to see a number of people who have become friends.  I wish my schedule would allow me to spend some time to experience more of Singapore.  I’m always making these quick trips in and out.

Now, I’m in Bangalore.  Collin and I are getting settled into our routine for the week.  Collin is in the main draw here and will play a qualifier on Tuesday.  This will give us the opportunity to have several more days of practice.  Collin arrived a day before me and practiced at the courts as they were just starting to get the place organized.  I’ll post some pictures tomorrow, but this is a facility that is only used a couple of times a year for tournaments and it goes through quite a transformation.  When Collin arrived, the transformation had not really begun yet.  Yesterday we had two good practices, really trying to get used to the courts.  The newly resurfaced courts are medium slow, but because Bangalore is at about 3000 feet, the ball flies a bit and since this is their cooler and dryer time of year, the ball travels through the air quite fast.  Takes a bit of time to get used to.  But Collin has done great!  We practiced with a guy from Australia today and played some sets.  Same will happen tomorrow and Monday.

The hotel we are at is very nice.  They have a wonderful buffet breakfast of great Indian food, and if one likes, American breakfast too.  We have been pretty much sticking to the Indian side of things and it’s really, really good.  Onion masala Dosa, Sambar, Idli, Upma, and pongal.  We have been slowly adjusting to the time difference and so Collin and I are among the first to the restaurant at 6:30 am.  Today, by the time we got back from practice which was at 8:00am, the breakfast was still going, so we at an early lunch.  Tonight we will eat the dinner buffet.  Looking forward to that!!

As, I said, we are getting adjusted to the time difference.  Collin took a nap today after lunch, I tried and failed.  We went off to a very high end mall today.  This is a land of have’s and have not’s, this is definitely an area where the have’s are located.


You definitely feel you could be in any big city, many of the same shops.  Very up market.

Getting from the hotel to the courts is an adventure.  It’s a five minute drive which can take as much as 25 minutes.  The traffic congestion here is beyond what anyone who hasn’t been here can imagine.  To say the driving is aggressive, would be putting it mildly.  And to walk there you literally are competing with the cars, scooters, bikes, and jitney drivers.  I will try to post some pictures and/or video to give you a flavor of what I mean.

We will continue to adjust to the time difference and get ready to make some noise at this tournament in Bangalore!

Off to Asia

November 2, 2018

I’m off to Singapore to speak at the coaches conference and then join Collin for his final 2 tournaments of the season, Bangalore $150K and Pune $75K.  These tournaments will obviously determine Collins end of year ranking and therefor entry ranking for 2019.  This means these tournaments heavily influence whether we head to Australia for a Challenger in Playford, and then the Australian Open or whether we stay in the States and start the year here.  I will keep everyone informed and will try to blog a lot on the trip–about the food, the experience and about the great tennis.