Jez Green from Florida...II PDF Print E-mail

The USA – A Sport Orientated Nation

Hi all,

So day one of the conditioning week is done and I must say it was pretty hectic. My idea was to get onto the track in the morning and work out in the gym in the afternoon but as is normal when you travel things don’t always go to plan and you have to be flexible. The university facility I train at chose that very morning to start resurfacing the track I have used for 5 years (which will be fantastic for the future but not on this particular morning) so the hunt was on. Unfortunately the other possibilities fell through so I decided to reverse the day and get in the gym first and thanks to our friends at LA fitness in Boca, who gave us a great rate, we have a place to lift weights.

I must say if there’s one thing about the States that makes my job easier is the positive way athletes are treated. A person trying to excel in sport commands a lot of respect out here, young or old, and the culture is so sport oriented that saying you are a full time athlete opens a lot of doors. I mean try walking into a high class private gym in England and getting permission to use the equipment for next to nothing and see how far you get!!!

All the players are pretty proficient at lifting now. Our squad has also been joined for this trip by Tammi Patterson who is being assessed as a possible future MCTA player.  She’s another antipodean to go along with our other resident Aussie, Hampo and I’m sure Tammi will bring a lot to our team even if I am giving her a hard time about her unstable core muscles!

So after lunch the hunt was back on for the elusive track and just when I thought it was going to be impossible I got a lucky break. We were joined by fellow Brit Sarah Borwell who is out here to do a training block before she plays some tournaments, and she just happened to be staying with another player who just happened to live next door to a track!!! I think you all are getting the idea how travelling with tennis players works now! This obviously was music to my ears and at 6 pm a very tired and hungry group of young tennis players finished off their 5 x 800 metres track session…

….and then promptly remembered that they have to do it all again tomorrow.

Catch you all later,



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