I'm not really worried about the Samurai getting a reputation for having poor sportsmanship because I truly believe the guys are polite and follow proper tennis etiquette. They don't erupt for double faults or unforced errors, they remain silent during points, and they even applaud my opponents when I get outplayed. I feel they bring some excitement to the sport and can drum up enough enthusiasm to really affect the game of tennis in a positive way. It is understandable that some opponents feel intimidated or feel like the Samurai lacks class, but that is not what the guys want. They love tennis and want to promote it in a fresh and youthful manner.
I'm going to have to keep up my rigorous fitness regimen. I'm running a lot off the court and my fitness is also improving because I am advancing further in most tournaments so I am playing more matches. A key step for me to advance higher in the rankings is to keep working on my return of serve. Since I hold my serve so well, it's important to put pressure on my opponent's serve by taking more chances on the return.
I think participation is pretty solid right now, but it could improve even more if you kept it three out of five sets and moved it to every other year. Guys like
I see bands on the road a lot. I look at the tour dates and if there is a date when I am in town that isn't before a match, then I'll go see a band I like. Because I like music so much, I occasionally will even see a band the night before a match, but I still make sure I get to bed at a reasonable hour and sleep in a little the next day. My favorites have been Incubus at White River's Lawn in Indianapolis; Linkin Park at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; the Black Eyed Peas at Staples Center in Los Angeles; Chapman and Brocker Way at Coffee Bean in Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and
I don't think Federer is deluding himself. The guy has won 15 Grand Slams with plenty of other distractions in his life. He is not your average tennis player; he is such a tremendous champion that I feel like he could keep playing at a championship level throughout fatherhood.