Hey there tennis fans!
Palm Springs swallowed us up good this week and in the best
way possible. We have made this annual trip down to Indian Wells for spring
break for the past two year and I can without a doubt say it is one of the
highlights of our season and the perfect team bonding getaway....and of course we
get to train a little on the side as well. We are so lucky that the BNP Paribas
tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden happens to fall during our spring
break and the fact that the location is only a short two-hour drive makes it so
worth the trip! For those of you who are not familiar with the BNP tournament,
it's a professional tennis tournament that attracts some of the biggest tennis
pros on tour. It is basically a mini grand slam, and if I didn't know better, I
would consider it a grand slam. The atmosphere is so great to be around because
we are surrounded by people who love the sport the same way we do.
We got down here to the desert in the blistering 85 degree
heat on Wednesday morning which was quite a relieving sight considering that LA
has experienced a significant downpour of rain for a few days. However, we know
when it rains, it pours in LA and when that rare occasion does happen, it only
last a few days at most.
Our Palm Springs escape trip came just in time, just in time for us to avoid the final days of those showers! We did just come back from Vegas, but we were ready for more quality team time, some much needed sunshine, and some motivation from some our favorite players--not to mention the studs! We could stay there all day long and watch these men play with their shirts off, showing off their games and their pecks.
One of the players I personally was looking most forward to
seeing was John Isner. He's got that All-American, wholesome guy image with
that 6'9 physique. I have such a crush...Too bad I couldn't snag a picture with
him but I did take a picture of him smiling in my direction so I'll consider
that half of a success! We also spent plenty of time picking up what the women
in the tournaments were doing for their cross training workouts and ritual
warm-ups before they would play a match.
We noticed that so many of the women
are so incredibly fit and talented that it definitely inspired us to strive to
be the most in-shape that we can possibly be for the remainder of the season,
and of course, the most important part of the season-conference.
One of our favorite moments of the trip...literally one of those "die and go to heaven moments..." was when we snuck up on Roger Federer practicing in a corner court away from where the bulk of the practice courts were at the sight. Normally, it would be posted everywhere the location and time where Fed would be practicing because obviously he would reel in a huge crowd...but when we saw him sneak on a court for an extra practice, a few teammates and I had to pounce on that opportunity to somehow get his attention...and we did!
Due to the rather quiet crowd around us, it gave us a better opportunity to get him to turn around. Lisa, Ellie, Miya and I decided to yell "Roger you're perfect.." when he was sitting down on the bench for a break...Not only does he turn around to see where that was coming from, but he also lets out a big smile and a wave over to us...We wish we got it on video. It was gold. And I know it does not do it justice just to tell it back, but believe me, it was awesome...it was one of those, "had to be there moments."
One of the greatest parts of the tournament is that (most) of
the players are very approachable and like to interact with the fans that
travel from everywhere to come see them. Our best bet of getting their attention was migrating to
their practice courts and watch them grind out points with their coach and/or
hitting partners and flock to the front of the crowd so you can try to think of
a clever one liner that will make you standout among the rest so you can
actually score an autograph or better yet, a picture, or maybe even a selfie.
One of the greatest parts of the tournament is that (most) of the players are very approachable and like to interact with the fans that travel from everywhere to come see them. Our best bet of getting their attention was migrating to their practice courts and watch them grind out points with their coach and/or hitting partners and flock to the front of the crowd so you can try to think of a clever one liner that will make you standout among the rest so you can actually score an autograph or better yet, a picture, or maybe even a selfie.
Oh, we got plenty of selfies, and to some we didn't even know, or some we
thought might be someone well known...like Tommy Haas' look-alike. Good thing we
didn't yell out, "Hey Tommy, can you take a selfie with us?" That would have
been pure embarrassment.
Around dinner time both nights, we went to this outdoor
mall-like area which had all of the big chain restaurants like Cheesecake
Factory, Yard House, BJ's, PF Changs, etc. because we knew from last year that
that was where a bulk of their players would eat....we remember seeing players
left and right from last year.
This year we didn't see as much, but that was
because we were probably so actively on the hunt in comparison to last year
where they just appeared everywhere and we weren't searching. We did manage to
see Lleyton Hewitt back to back nights. He also wore the exact same thing he
did the night before, which gave us all a little déjà vu. He was a nice guy though
and did take a picture with us...on one of the nights.
Overall, it was such a fun trip, and a lot of us were sad to
return back because we wanted to stay longer and soak up more of the
tournament. But hey, I guess all good things must come to an end right? We made
it back in time for one more practice before our match against Florida
International on Saturday.
We started off
a little rocky in doubles and were lacking energy out on the court. The past
few days have gotten the most of us with our long days in the heat and people
were starting to show early stages of sicknesses, but we fought through and
through. Unfortunately we ended up losing the doubles point but Jess and Miya
pulled out a great 8-2 victory at 1. Jessica and Miya also won their individual
singles matches in addition to Ellie at 6. With these wins alone, it was not
enough to win the whole match so we lost a close 3-4.
This coming Friday, we will travel to Santa Clara for Part 1
of our NorCal adventures and our opening conference match. If you are in the
bay area, we would love to see you come out support us lions!
That's all for now! GO LIONS!