Sam's Rome Blog: Never A Dull Moment
Published May 12, 2013 12:00
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Ciao from Roma!
Well it was a quick experience in Madrid, losing first round, but that's the way it goes sometimes at such a big tournament. No match is going to be easy and Carla played really well that day...
Anyway from there I basically came here to Rome the next day and I've just been practicing every day - practice, practice, practice - it's pretty chilled out and relaxed here, and you can even practice at the hotel, which is pretty nice. It's good training and you also have time to relax and take a bit of a break.
It's been good. I'm really looking forward to playing a match again.
We've also been going out to dinner each night, like to the Campo De Fiori, a great restaurant here. We've been around the Vatican too - we found a really good wine bar near there with some really good food, a nice surprise while we were doing laundry at the laundromat. Apart from that we've been going to a couple of places we've known from years before, and tonight we're going to try some Japanese. It feels a little bit odd to have Japanese in Italy, but what can you do? I really love Italian food though, like Pasta Carbonara, and of course the pizza - you really can't go wrong with the pizza here.
Another thing I really like here is the surface. The clay courts here are very light and the ball gets through the air pretty quickly. So as long as it's not too windy it's great. And I've always enjoyed playing here. The fans come out, there are massive crowds even through the qualies, and everyone's really excited to have tennis here. All of that makes it more exciting for us to play here, and it all certainly creates a good atmosphere. There's never a dull moment in Rome and it's always fun to play here.
I have my first round match tomorrow against Hsieh Su-Wei. We played each other in Dubai this year, the first time in a long time - or ever, maybe. It was a good match. This one's a little bit different though. Playing on clay is obviously different, we're further on into the year now, and she's always a very tricky opponent who doesn't play conventional tennis, so you have to be prepared for anything and probably just focus on your own game. You have to do whatever you feel you need to be doing at the time and try not to get too far ahead of yourself or get caught up in any slicey dicey game...
Thanks for reading and talk to you all again tomorrow!