by Jess Moore~
There is an exciting build up with many top-level tournaments played over the first few weeks of Jan leading into the first of the four Grand Slams for the year. The lead-up tournaments include Brisbane International, Hopman Cup in Perth, Hobart International and Sydney International. I’m starting my 2018 off in Adelaide, playing a smaller women’s event with the intention to get as many matches as I can leading into Hobart and the Australian Open.
I’m focussing on my doubles career (currently ranked 109 WTA) and singles (429) I play to purely focus on more court time where I can.
Being from country Western Australia, access to regular training is a challenge so I felt the need this December to spend Christmas in Melbourne to keep my training up leading into the summer to give the best possible chance to perform. I’m really fortunate to have my family come over in Melbourne for the first week of the Open. Having close support is so important in our sport. The tour is a long and lonely journey at times so I’m really excited to share the Open with them.
Personally the Australian Open is my favorite of the four (maybe biased) with the French Open on clay a close second. Having such an impressive event not just for the players but for the fans and spectators, makes it feel incredible to be apart of it. Australians are such a sporting nation and love getting behind quality sport regardless what nationality which provides the players real excitement to be surrounded by.
Here’s to a great summer of tennis ahead. I’ll be back soon keeping you posted on how my Aussie summer of tennis plays out.
“Exciting update to the above:”.
Here is my second entry.
Week one is now done and dusted. Currently, I’m sitting at Adelaide airport waiting to board for my next trip to Tasmania to play in the Hobart International. My first match is tomorrow. Last night Zhu Lin and I, unfortunately, went down to the top seeds in the semi-finals of the doubles in Adelaide – 7-5 7-5. As disappointing as it is to lose it’s important to take away as many positives, after all it is only the first week of January!! This was the first time playing together and I really enjoyed our time on the court. Such a sweet girl who I hope to play with again in the future where fits. Our partnership for this week came about due to her coach being a former Australian player so just by chance, it worked well. The goal was to get as many matches as possible; five isn’t too bad so now onto Hobart.
I just found out I received a wild card into the qualifying event which means I will play first thing tomorrow with doubles starting the following day so I’m glad to have booked a flight arriving tonight. Tennis can be very unpredictable at times and be challenging when trying to plan ahead. From experience, I’m learning (slowly) to go more with the flow, to be prepared to play wherever or whenever I can and make the most of each time I hit the court.
I really like Hobart. It brings back so many memories playing here back in 2007 till now. During this time, I’ve been fortunate to share some of the years playing with my parents who also love the city. The view from the club on top of the hill is stunning overlooking the water and dock which has many amazing restaurants and surrounding boats. A walk along Salamanca is also a must do and see with other strips of great restaurants and cafes. A goal this year is to soak up and enjoy more of what the cities I visit have to offer before leaving and having no idea (trust me, too many times I’ve been to some amazing cities but not seen anything but courts and hotel).
I am about to jump on the plane. Speak soon.