I know what I said..

I was going to right another story from the Farmers and I’ll probably get around to that, but I was graced by the presence of this video, and it through me off.

So for those of you not in the UK (including myself), Children In Need is the BBC’s charity. Every year, the BBC holds a telethon to raise money for Children In Need. Every big name over there participates in some sort of video, or skit. Here is the video from their Olympic athletes and volunteers.

Mr. Murray’s part starts around the 1.00 mark. The whole thing is pretty adorable and enjoyable.



It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday Part 1

First of all, I hope everyone that celebrates had a fantastic thanksgiving. Mine was involved equal amounts of delicious foods, and alcoholic drinks, but thats enough of that talk!

So anyway, in my last post I said I would be sharing some of my best times, and stories from my years at the Farmers Classic. So here we go.

My first part of my stroll down memory lane has to be probably one of my favorite stories in life.

So I have met some pretty freaking great people of the years at tournament. I’m not talking the pros, even though they are great too. I’m talking about the people I worked with. I have had some awesome times with these people who are really some of my good friends. This classy photo was taken from on of my favorite nights out.

This is one of my first experiences after graduating to the 21+ group, and it was a blast! After a day full of matches, and heat, we all headed down to the local Westwood Brewing Co. Now the Brew Co. is cool cause they have many different rooms with totally different feels. The bottom floor is super chill and has a big open area, upstairs was karaoke night, and a total party.

As soon as we got upstairs we noticed that Israeli player Dudi Sela was trying to move on from his loss earlier that day with drink in hand. He came up to me and was like “You are from the tennis?” I was like “Yes!” and he greeted me with a huge hug. That’s when I knew it was going to a night to remember. My friends and I danced the night away with the Sela crew, stiff drinks in hand. We all ended the night belting out a classic Backstreet Boys tune.

This is just one of the reasons why the tournaments defined my summer. It was hanging out with friends, and just having a great time. (I picked up a pretty decent tan too!) Come back for part two tomorrow for a completely different side of things.

I am truly heartbroken.

I am talking extremely at a lost for words. Like this is worst than the time I was 16 and found out Juan Carlos Ferrero had a girlfriend. My favorite time of the year, the reason why this blog was started, my summer home, The Farmers Classic has been sold. Yes, the tournament I grew up with, is now going to take place in Colombia.

I really don’t know what to think about this. I’m just sad. I have had so many fantastic memories, and have made so many friends its unreal. I started as a ballkid when I was 12 years old. It has pretty much been my life ever since. I mean I get it. I understand its hard to run a tournament without sponsors and all that jazz. That doesn’t mean I have to like it though.

In honor of the holiday, I am going to make a few posts this week giving thanks for all the good times I’ve had! I’m going to miss you Farmers Classic, LA Open, Mercedes-Benz Cup, Countrywide Classic, etc., but hey to all my tournament friends reading this, reunion next summer?