Here are a few moments before things took an extreme turn. Before returning home after the Indian Wells 125k event, I got together with the Tennis Warehouse crew to shoot some footage. It was a great change in pace to hang out with a whole bunch of tennis dorks.
Shortly after returning home, the buzz about the Corona virus was surfacing. Initially I was not sure what to think of it. Is the whole world overreacting? Are people getting overly paranoid? Am I missing something here? I definitely didn’t see the cancellation of BNP Paribas coming, but when it did, I realized this was big.
As soon as BNP Paribas made the big announcement, there was lots of uncertainty on how much of the tennis season would be affected. Despite all of this, I managed to remain optimistic while public courts were still open. Amongst all the craze, this seemed like the safest place to be; outdoors where the fresh air is and more than 12 feet away from the next person.
As more news saturated the media, I started seeing the writing on the wall. COVID 19 had the potential to close down LA county. It was overwhelming to think of all crazy scenarios that could arise. Slipping into survival mode, I felt myself bracing for change with a high performance mindset. It’s crazy how this has become a natural habit.
What can I control and how can I go about it in a productive way?
The first thing I wanted to look into was my training routine. How was I going to maintain my regiment if Los Angeles reached a point where gyms became unavailable? This pushed me to take inventory of all my exercise equipment at home which lead to the decision of purchasing a stationary bike. Clicking “add to cart” on Amazon was easy. The tough part was making space for the contraption. I spent a whole day cleaning out my room and playing Tetris with whatever was left of it. Check out this video to see a very confused dog amongst my chaotic mess.
My sister and I spent an evening assembling the bike, while Dad and dog popped in and out to supervise. Under any other circumstances, I would have been building this bike alone, but since my family had started to limit our out-of-house activities, I had some extra hands. It was cool to see how such a mundane task became a family project.
Did it really take a world changing event for us to enjoy the simple things together?
Even though the world was encouraging physical distance, I felt more connected to people in ways I didn’t before. It’s as if the rising awareness of this pandemic was bringing people to support one another from a far. Having said that, I am super grateful for my teammates on tour. We have always been supportive of each other’s careers, but now more than ever, we are helping each other beyond the tennis court.
With our life’s work on hold, I’m glad I don’t feel so alone during this scary time.
Hope you enjoyed the update, maybe found some helpful nuggets, or at the very least were entertained by my dog videos.
Takeaways from Week 1:
Think about what you can control and how you can go about those things in a productive way.
Enjoy the simple moments with the people you’re with.
People can be apart but still feel connected. Reach out, because lots of people need it right now.
Be Safe and Well,