He waits one week to write this after losing and no explanation why he didnt play in Pittsburgh this week right near Rochester. This guy should just give it up he seems to fall ill every time he makes a main draw. What a choke!!
Dear family and friends, Again, it's been amazing hearing from so many of you! Between competing in Rochester, a wedding, training, and following Wimbledon on EPSN, Tennis Channel, and ATPtennis.com it's been difficult to find the time to write my updates let alone get back to each everyone, but just know your support means the world (GO FED/Safin!!)! Looks like Peoria, IL is going to be where I get my first ATP point, because as my luck would have it, I came down with a stomach bug, again. At 4-4 in the first set of my first round match against Daniel Garza (5th seed, 626 in the world from Mexico) I became very ill, very quickly. Despite throwing up several times on court and feeling like I was going to pass out, I stayed out there and battled with Garza the best I could (I would have literally had to be dragged off in a stretcher to retire from this match, because despite my condition, I felt I could have won anyway). I ended up losing by only a few points! 6-7(8-10), 4-6 (I even had a set point in the breaker...missed a backhand volley by about 2 inches wide at 6-5). Had I been healthy I would have won. Although I'm frustrated, I actually gained confidence from the match, because Garza won a clay court Future just a few weeks ago in Tampa, FL, and if I can take a guy who's winning Futures titles to a tight 7-6, 6-4 match then...well, that's just a good thing.
Alex, VJ, Ahbay and I are leaving for Peoria tomorrow morning at 10AM and will hopefully arrive sometime Thursday night. Garza is the #2 seed, maybe I can get some revenge! Erik left last night for two $35,000+H Challengers in Canada followed by the Toronto Master Series (considering you have to be ranked in the top 45 in the world to be a direct acceptance into a Masters Series main draw, Erik's 404 world rank is only good enough to get him into the qualifying!). Good luck E!!!! You can do it!
Now, I want to give everyone a heads up on a few upcoming events!
1) July 10-13th I'll be competing at Yale University in the Pilot Penn pre-qualifying tournament. For those of you who remember I lost in the finals of this tournament two summers ago against Justin Diao Natale (who's currently 711 in the world). It's a 32 draw this year, instead of 128 like it was when I first played it...thanks USTA!!! Anyway, come one come all to show your support! I know a few of you have already expressed that you want to be louder than the J-Block, which is fine...just make sure it's between points OK! If I win this tournament I get a wild card into the Pilot Penn Qualifying, which will be in the middle of August.
2) On July 14th (a Monday) I've been invited to play in a celebrity Pro-Am at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. This hasn't been set in stone, but it's on the table and I figure while I'm going through my upcoming events I might as well throw it in there. I'll let you know as soon as I know for sure! It will be an amazing event to come to because it's on grass, in Newport, and there will be big stars there (Navratilova, Bud Collins, etc)!!!
3) I'm having another fundraiser at Milford Indoor on August 23rd. So keep your afternoon and evening open because we're going to have clinics, games, and Erik and I will be playing a full 2 out of 3 set match this time! I'm also going to try and get some other world ranked friends of mine to come and play as well. Should be a great night of tennis and food for everyone! I'll send out an email again soon discussing specifics for the event.
Anyway, hope all's well and I will be in touch with everyone soon!
Ciao for now!
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