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Daneika's British Blog - Part 2

June 6, 2014

Hi guys, I hope this post finds you well.

It's been a long, cold and wet week in England for me. Even though the weather wasn't amazing, I still managed to play my first match on grass this year, which is always fun. Unfortunately, I didn't have the best preparation because of the weather but I still managed to play some good tennis against a great player.

In addition to the grass, I played a hard court tournament at the same venue called a British Tour, which is a tournament just for players with a British Tennis Membership. I played some good matches and managed to make the quarterfinals before losing 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) in my final match. It was a competitive match and although I got off to a slow start, I was leading for most of the second set but sadly couldn't close out the tiebreak. Unfortunately there are no doubles draws in British Tours, so I was only playing singles this week, although doubles are on also my agenda.

As I am writing this I'm traveling back up north to visit my family and friends. I'm so excited to see everyone as it will be the first time I have been home since Christmas! It will only be a short stay unfortunately as I return to Nottingham (the venue for my last two tournaments) to sign in for the 50k ITF event which is another grass court tournament.

While I am home it will be hard to practice on the grass. I live in the countryside and even though there is an abundance of grass fields (and sheep) we have a slight problem due to the lack of tennis courts. In fact, I only have access to two indoor tennis courts (a necessity because of the unpredictable weather) with the nearest alternative being a two-hour drive away. Because of this, I spend the majority of my summer traveling around the country and an equal amount of time in London.

In a couple of days I will be leaving for Nottingham, which is a four-hour drive south from my home in Cumbria. Unfortunately, I am from the very north of England (the last stop before Scotland to be precise) so everytime I get in the car I know its going to be a long haul! I'm planning for my online summer school class to keep me occupied.

Thanks for reading, Catch up with you soon.


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