Anne's Birmingham Blog: Best Auntie
Published June 11, 2013 12:00
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
When things don't go well on the court, it's always good to focus on the nice things in life and for me that means thinking about my favourite person in the world, my little niece Olivia. She is nearly seven weeks old and it's the first time I have been an Auntie, so I'm very excited. Of course she loves being held by me and I'm planning on being her first tennis coach too - just like Rafael Nadal, who is coached by his uncle Toni. Olivia should have tennis in her blood - her Dad (my brother James) is an umpire and all of the family played tennis growing up.
There is competition between me and my sister Lena over who is going to be best Auntie but I think it's definitely me. I can't wait for Olivia to grow up and start running around. It's going to be so much fun.
That is the really great thing about this time of year; you do get to see more of your family and that makes a big difference. Olivia is bit too little to come and cheer me on at the moment but she is already practicing making lots of noise. She definitely has a good pair of lungs on her for someone so small!
Although I lost in the singles to Alison Riske - who played really well against me in the first round - I'm still in the tournament here at the Aegon Classic as I'm playing doubles with my fellow British player Johanna Konta. Jo and I have been Fed Cup teammates so we know each other well. We have a tough match against Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, who are one of the best doubles teams out there. Whatever happens it's a good chance to get some more time playing on the grass.
Away from the courts, I think a little bit of retail therapy might be in order and luckily Birmingham (which is the second biggest city in the UK after my home town London) has some really good shops, all of which are very close to the hotel. The Mailbox shopping centre is right next to our hotel and the sales started today so I think I will be fitting in some shopping around my practice and gym work!