“The months of June and July see the tennis world descend upon the UK for the grass court season. My grass court season involved the AEGON Championships at The Queen’s Club, the AEGON Open in Nottingham, Wimbledon – the biggest and best tournament of them all – and then finally the Hall of Fame Championships which is held in the USA at Newport, Rhode Island. I was teaming up with Eric Butorac from the USA for these events after Jonny Marray and myself agreed to go our separate ways and end our partnership. Eric and I had mixed results with the highlights being a semi final in Nottingham and 2nd round in Wimbledon. In Nottingham we had a match point to reach the final and in Wimbledon we fell to the defending champions, which was a tough draw. Overall the grass court season one I always enjoy and I feel like I finished it with my game in good shape.
This week I am in Atlanta- one of the summer hard court events that run right through to the US Open at the beginning of September. At present I have no set doubles partner, so if anyone at FPG wants to apply for the position then let me know!
Last week I was in Bogota – an interesting place to play tennis. At 8,600ft above sea level (Ben Nevis stands at 4,409ft high) the conditions are very different to normal. The main challenges are due to the thinner air that makes the ball “fly” and much harder to control and also makes it much tougher on the lungs when playing.
This week I am scheduled to play back in the USA in Atlanta alongside Gilles Muller who is from Luxembourg and ranked in the top 50 in singles. I have good memories playing in Atlanta after making it to the final there in 2013 and am also looking forward to teaming up with Gilles. Following Atlanta I will be heading home for some time with family and friends before heading back out to the USA for some events in the immediate lead up to the US Open which is always a highlight on the calendar.”