I am back. No question, dropping out of the Australian Open left some minor scars. A jet-black day brutally ended my Grand-Slam-dream in Melbourne. I had to analyze a couple of things, after returning home I took a few days off, completely. That helped a lot!
I went back to Traiskirchen to the academy and after the first sessions I had a good feeling. Ahead of me there are two desert-adventures in the United Arab Emirates. The first stop is in Doha, then I’ll move on to Dubai.
Actually, I don’t have good memories of Doha. At my first three starts highlights have been scarce. At least in 2018 I reached the semi-final. However, I had to withdraw before the match against Gael Monfils due to a cold. What are my expectations at my fourth start in the sheikhdom? Honestly – I can’t tell exactly where I am at. I want to find my rhythm as fast as possible, gaining self-confidence through victories and perform well.
Maybe I can have a successful run as another Austrian had it in 2003. Stefan Koubek celebrated his biggest title – a legendary victory!
Skyscrapers, a versatile cityscape, a Mekka of the oil and fishing industry. However, we won’t get to see anything of Doha this year, our artificial life in the “tennis-bubble“ is going to continue. Though the rules are not as strict as at the Grand Slams.
I am even happier to see my coach – Nicolas Massu is with me again. And now we will have our first rendezvous at the practice court.