Day # 3 started extremely early – at 5:40 a.m.! The tournament venue had 3 courts only. The matches scheduled to start at 8 a.m., so the only available time for practicing & warming-up is from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m (last half an hour reserved for the first match players). If I say that Sashka is an early bird, it won’t be true. So this wake up was really, really hard to complete. Soon or late, but at 6:30 we sat in the taxi driving us to the venue…
As our first tournament travel in 2017 is going on, we keep blogging it day by day. Read how we reach a town “in the middle of nowhere”, why Slovak trains are extremely good, and why you need to wake up in 5:30 a.m. to be able to practice.
Yes, it became a reality: Sashka got the chance to play several tournaments again! No idea how long this opportunity stays with us, but for now we have funds to travel to 2-3 events (not remoted too far from Croatia). The first one is ITF Juniors Grade 2 in Senec, Slovakia (25 km away from Bratislava). See below our report on the first day of the travel.
After last-minute (a kind of) sponsorshir offer which may allow Sashka to travel tournaments for 2-3 months, we decided to postpone our “Big Tennis Trip”. The new dates are from middle of February to beginning of March 2017. It was not an easy decision, by the way – but our Twitter friends from #TeamSashka have found right reasons for us.
We have postponed our departure date for family reasons. Now we are going to depart on Friday, 30 December. We will meet The New Year Eve & Sashka’s 16th birthday on the go.
Daughter & father. Tennis practice in the morning. Fundraising at the central square of your city in the evening. Train or bus at night. Repeat daily for 50 days. Unreal? Watch us.
This is where Sashka is going to play next month. There is still a window for big surprise: if a private sponsor comes till Dec. 20, we will change everything for Latin America. But a probability of such an outcome is low. So we opt for more realistic schedule.
Last two days were really amazing – with lot of contacts, media requests and new friends we found. Thank you, #TennisTwitter! While most of Sashka’s challenges are still open & waiting for their solutions, now we’ve got the most important asset – hope. As promised, we made a detailed report for #TeamSashka – please read to know what’s (unexpectedly) happened, and what to be ready for in the nearest future.
Sashka will take part in ITF Grade 4 tournament which starts today in Zagreb. This is the last ITF tournament on the whole Balkans this season, so it attracts some powerful regional players. Please find below a short overview of a girl’s draw.