American No. 2 Sam Querrey is aware that he is at a crossroads in his career. The world no. 46 played far from his best in 2013, dropping 27 places in the Emirates World Rankings, failing to capture a single title on the ATP World Tour and finishing with a 27-22 win-loss record. This is quite contrasting to his 2012 season, where he won an ATP 250 title in Los Angeles and finished with a 37-25 record for the year.
At this stage of his career, Querrey is only interested in trying to enjoy the tournaments he competes in, without giving much thought to his ranking and how this impacts him. He admits that his main interest is to “have fun” and enjoy the events.
“I kind of feel that my career is halfway done,” Querrey admit in an interview with USA Today. “The only thing I want is to enjoy playing tournaments and the process more than I did in the first half,” he said. “I don’t necessarily care what I’m ranked or if I win more tournaments or what, I just want to have fun and really enjoy it because this is something not a lot of people get to do. It’s something really exciting and something I should enjoy every time out there.”
While this may be the case, Querrey was also aware that a return into the top 20 in not an impossible task. If he were to fine-tune his game slightly, he believes he could make a return to the top 15 in the rankings.
“If I fine-tune everything just a little bit, not even a lot, I can jump into the top 15,”
Unlike the majority of his fellow competitors, Querrey spent the off season doing anything but practicing. There was no training, no practice matches and basically no tennis in his household over the past six weeks. When the American begins his season at the Brisbane International in a few days, he will be a refreshed athlete, ready for the 2014 season.
“I literally did nothing. It was nice to regroup and come home and not think about tennis for a little bit.”