New excerpt from Brian....
I'll keep it short this week concerning my rehab. Like every week, I'm doing everything I can to get back on the court and am motivated to come back stronger than ever. I'm sure it will be tough to watch a ton of the French Open, but I'm a true tennis fan. That means I will definitely be watching and keeping up with the results. I hope to make a decision about Wimbledon in the coming weeks.
I wasn't able to see much of the NCAA team tennis tournament held in Champaign, Ill., this year, but I followed the live stat tracker very closely. The final match between UCLA and Virginia must have been a match for the ages! I feel for the UCLA kid who lost his match point when his racket ticked the net on a volley.
LAST TIME: It's tough on the sidelines
That rarely ever happens, and it will probably take him a long time to recover mentally (I wonder how many times a team has won the championship after being down match point?) On the other end, Mitchell Frank deserves a lot of credit for keeping his composure under extreme pressure and fighting back to win the clinching match. I've played Mitchell before, and he is a tough out. He fights every point and makes very few unforced errors. On top of that, I'm excited that he was able to come back this season from a very similar knee surgery as mine. I believe he had a meniscal repair in his knee last August.
I've also been keeping tabs on the Americans competing at the French Open qualies. It looks like we must be wearing the right kind of clay court shoes this year! If I'm not mistaken, I think we already have four guys into the final round of qualies with more to play later today. It's nice to see the young guys have some success on the clay because we barely won any matches in France last year. This new group of guys relish the opportunity to get better on clay and it seems like their positive attitude is paying off. Hopefully we can get a handful of guys all the way through qualies and in to the main draw.
My vacation to San Francisco last weekend was a blast. I was able to see some of the sights in the city, visit wineries in Napa (Miner Family Winery were great hosts!), and see the musical artist Beck live in Santa Cruz. My girlfriend Alathea and I have been lucky enough to travel the world together, but typically I always have a crazy schedule because I'm playing an event. It was really fun just to be on a "normal" vacation with her where we could have some quality time.