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Notre Dame/McDonald Physical Therapy

August 1, 2014


August 1, 2014

Hi everyone, Sasha and I are in kalamazoo for the boys under 18 national championships. For those who don’t know Sasha flew home on Satueday for a day to be god father to his nephew. He and I met up in Chicago on Monday morning. We drove to the Notre Dame campus which is on the way to Kalamazoo to practice with one of Sasha’s future team mates Alex Lawson. During a drill we were doing on court, Sasha rolled over his ankle badly. It immediately swelled to double size. It was pretty obvious that there was nothing broken, but this was definitely a bad sprain. We reached out to the Notre Dame coaches and they recommended and facilitated our going to McDonald Physical Therapy in South Bend. Pam Redfern and her assistant Kendra Taghon were amazing as was the rest of the staff there. They assessed Sasha’s injury and immediately initiated aggressive therapy. We drove back to Kalamazoo on Tuesday with no hope of playing tennis for at least a few weeks. On Wednesday morning the swelling had gone down considerably. We went off to McDonald Physical Therapy again and Pam was as surprised as we were how much better things were. They again treated Sasha’s ankle with massage, laser, and electronic stimulation in addition to assessing what percentage of normal the ankle was at this point. Collectively we decided to play on Thursday assuming things continued to improve. Sasha and I went to the Notre Dame campus and spent a couple of hours on the court. He was stiff and of course a bit unbalanced, but we decided we would play Sasha’s first scheduled match on Thursday morning and see how it went. Because of the new USTA format for this tournament, Sasha had to qualify. Since we have not played USTA tournaments over the last year and have concentrated on ITFs, his USTA ranking is non-existent. So he was scheduled to play at 10am. We did a long stretch and an extended warm up. Everything looked good. He went on close to on time and won 6-1, 6-2. We had a few hours off and had to play a second round in the afternoon. In a longer match in which Sasha did not play his best, he nevertheless pulled out a straight set victory 6-4, 7-6 (1). While he didn’t play his best in the match he did end very strong. The last game and a half and the tie break showed the brand of tennis that Sasha is capable of playing and should play all the time. So we went back to our apartment (which by the way is 5 minutes walk from the courts at Stowe Stadium) had a nice dinner with Oliver Sec and his mom and went to bed early as Sasha’s final qualifying match was scheduled at 8am on Stowe Stadium courts. We warmed up on the Stowe courts and went on at 8am. Sasha played the best he has played in the last several months and won 6-2, 6-1. Qualified!!
We have the rest of today off as well as tomorrow off and he will play his first round match on Sunday. The main draw will be out tonight.
We both want to thank the folks at McDonald Physical Therapy, especially Pam and the coaches at Notre Dame for their great support. Without them and Sasha’s grit and determination, we would be resting and recuperating in California. I’ll post a stream with some pictures in a few minutes and will update the blog with the draw later today.

Tournament ends one day early

July 26, 2014

Sasha lost his semifinal singles match today 3-6, 5-7. He played well against a young very talented Canadian. He and Michael lost in the doubles final 5-7, 1-6. I’ll write more about the tournament and what’s next on the flight to the east coast tomorrow. Overall this was a good event for Sasha and gave us a good base to start the hardcourt season.

End of the day update

July 25, 2014

After winning singles, Sasha and Michael won doubles 6-3, 6-4. They played well. So tomorrow singles semi final @10:00am and doubles final NB 1pm. More pictures and more details tomorrow. Tonight we are getting ready for tomorrow. 😸

After weather delays

July 24, 2014

Sasha won his singles match 6-4, 6-4. He played very well and earned the win!! More later.

Weather delays again today

July 24, 2014

But matches will be later outside!

Some indoor tennis today

July 24, 2014

The weather did not cooperate today. This was always schedule as a day off in singles for Sasha today. When an ITF schedules a 6 day format at a 32 or 48 draw event, players get a day off at some point during the week. In this case, the referee scheduled the round of 16 to be split over 2 days since they knew Wednesday would bring some rain. All play was moved indoors this morning. Sasha and his dubs partner won their match straightforwardly 6-2, 6-1 to give them a place in the semi finals.

Tomorrow he will play his quarter final match in singles and semis in doubles. The weather is supposed to be overcast but not much rain is forecast.

Won singles and doubles today

July 23, 2014

Sasha won both his singles match 6-4, 6-4 and his doubles 6-2, 6-2 today. Tomorrow we only have doubles and may play indoors as rain is predicted for the entire day.

Must be time to update things again!!!

July 22, 2014

Hello again to everyone who follows us around virtually!!!

Sasha and I met up in Florida and began training again after five weeks off. Sasha finished his junior school year and will start senior year in Sept. He ended his very demanding junior year with a 4.45 weighted GPA.

We were in Delray Beach practicing at ProWorld. We transitioned back to hard courts (harder on the body but more conducive to Sasha’s game). Last Saturday we traveled to Vancouver BC and resumed our ITF schedule. Sasha is the number 1 seed here. He won his first round match yesterday 6-1, 6-4. He played well in his first ITF match back. He plays another singles match today as well as first round doubles. He is playing doubles with Michael Genender at this event. Tomorrow will be a day off for singles

Here is the link to the tournament results and draw:

It is absolutely beautiful here. We have an apartment with a great view and with great access to good markets. We had some time yesterday after the match so we took a boat ride. It was absolutely beautiful and led to some good pictures of course. :). So now everyone’s favorites, the picture links.


A quick update

June 9, 2014

Sasha is home in New York finishing school and working with Bobby on his physical training.  I am home in California working on being in the pool and doing nothing.  🙂

Sasha and I will meet up in Florida the first week in July and train, then play Clay Nationals, stay and train/transition to the hard courts and the head to Kalamazoo for National Hard Courts.  From there, we go to College Park, Maryland for International Hard Courts–first ITF back from the break followed by the Canadian Open and US Open.


Happy June everyone.