Will he adjust back to Aussie time while there, then? How good is he at adapting to new time zones? That's something some struggle with, appears easier for others.
Nick seems to be really good at it - whenever we travel together it's not something that affects him too much.
Whilst I acknowledge Nick is still young, being based in Australia means he will have to travel overseas, away from the comforts of home and family, for periods longer than 5 weeks. Like 3, 4 or 5 months. The jetlag will not be good either. If he can handle the travel, then good luck to him. So far he seems to have handled it ok, and judging by results and performances it has been the right thing to do.
No doubt his period away from Oz will increase in the future, there are not enough quality tournaments in Oz during the year.
Yeah, you are right. Which is why we travel around together a lot of the time, helps him stay focused. Its a good thing he sorta leapfrogged all the futures circuit and now has the ability to play bigger tournaments (getting wild cards into tour events and playing slams). At this stage in his career also, the focus isn't on his ranking so much as physical development and conditioning. If you have watched him play, you know he has the game, its just a matter of being able to maintain that level and bring it every time he steps on the court.
Originally Posted by Dmitry Verdasco
Didn't Tennis Australia acquire a training base in Spain? Why not just stay over there.
We are a very tight-knit family. Tennis is obviously very important to Nick, but no so much that he loses sight of his family and things that make him happy. He is heaps more motivated and focused when things are done this way.