I wrote this for individual players & families who are trying to proceed in junior competitive tennis on a tight budget. So if you – just like us – count every dollar/euro while keep going further on tennis trainings & tournaments, may be this will be helpful for you. I will also welcome your own tips & tricks on the matter – below in “Comments” section and on our social network profiles (twi, fb).
When Sashka is out of tournaments, we do not have a lot of “hot news” to write about. Nevertheless, our life is going on.
Read further if you want to know (a little bit more) about Sashka’s daily tennis routine these days.
There are quite a lot of routine tennis things happened since my previous post. We spent hours on the court daily, working on what we can improve fast, both technically & tactically. We still can’t forecast where is Sashka’s “honest” place in ITF Juniors ranking (#379 now) whether she is sitting too high or too low at the time. But one thing is quite definite: we have a training process “close to normal” now, so it is time to play tournaments and try to earn some experience & ITF points.
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.
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.
What does it mean to raise a junior competitive tennis player who is a refugee? Well, it has its “pros and cons” – as many other things in our life. In this article (first of several) I’ll tell you in general what our family has experienced for 5+ years of being refugee tennis parents.
Hi, it is Sashka’s father writing.
You probably heard before some amazing stories about insane things tennis parents can do for their kids. Let me tell you my story as well.
While it failed with no results, I still believe I did not waste my (last) money, time and faith. I do not know why, but I am sure that one day this experience & strong determination to help Sashka continue her tennis career will pay off. What if not? Well, at least I will regret about those things I did – but not about those I didn’t.
So once upon a time, one tennis family faced with big problems. A father’s company just got bankrupted – burying his savings and professional reputation. This family lived in a non-native country, with refugee passports. They were (actually, they are) significantly limited in their rights and couldn’t count on any help from the state or local authorities. Nobody wanted to give them a job – as they are refugees speaking not-so-good local language, not having local working experience etc.
The most important thing was they must finance their daughter junior tennis perfomance. They all together – a girl and her family – spent 10 years to reach quite a good tennis level. She is a promising young sportsperson. So they decided to fight…
We asked Sashka 20 questions about everything, from favorite tennis shots to books & music. Read this to know her better.