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10

Jul

DIRNDL TIME😌💃✌️
Just when I thought Bad Gastein couldn’t get any better—-yeah you guessed it, it got TOTALLY better!
Since it’s July over here, the weather is not always going to be sunny at 25-30 degrees Celsius… So today we had a bit of rain… Quite a lot last night, which made it a little tricky for the courts situation, but we made do.
The thing about the rain here is that it’s not the rain that is heavy and goes away after a few hours… This rain is just a spit. Imagine a person spitting at the ground… Now imagine this person is a five-year-old. That doesn’t really know how to spit yet, doesn’t have quite a lot of saliva to work with, but can still cause some damage if he does it enough and continuously.
So sure enough, there were a few delays before matches went on court. For those of you wondering, when courts are too wet that even warmups aren’t an option, the supervisor will allow an extended warmup. The warmup before the match then goes from five minutes to 10. It may not seem like much, but to us, it’s quite a lot.
On top of that, the weather dramatically changed from what felt like 40 degrees—-to about 9.
Not to worry, thanks to my amazing sponsor, ASICS, I was prepared with some mountain therma-wear gear!
Now, as you all know, there are some legendary player parties that I’m sure you’ve read about, or seeing pictures of.
Well, today, I’m going to talk about the dirndl. Yes, the dirndl. No, it’s not an autocorrect fail—-that’s the name for the traditional Austrian dress that is actually worn for more than one occasion—-that is not Halloween.
So, since Bad Gastein knows how to do it up, they decided to host a mega awesome player party this year.
They started off with providing players free hair and makeup so we look like mega-awesome tennis players—-but without the sweat.
Once that was taken care of, they decided to provide us with our own dirndl. Even though I felt like I couldn’t breathe in this corset-like dress, it was truly an experience of a lifetime.
We got transportation up the mountain, literally ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, where the ski lift has its end. We arrived to this beautiful old rustic cabin that is a major hangout spot for skiers during the winter months. Once we arrived, we did our photo pose shot, did a cheers with some champagne, and then sat by the fire in our wooden chair, by the wooden rocking chair, next to the wooden table.
Once we got situated, we had the four delicious dinner options, and a fabulous traditional Austrian dessert. And of course, who could forget the raffle, where the girl sitting NEXT to me won the prize… So close.
I know, I know, y’all thought we were going to go on the mountain tram today, but we figured that with the clouds everywhere, the pictures wouldn’t be that great. But not to worry, there’s always tomorrow!! :)
Much love,
I
P.S. Just got word I’ve been nominated for the WTA Player Council! Whooooo! Time to set up my campaign! :-D

DIRNDL TIME😌💃✌️
Just when I thought Bad Gastein couldn’t get any better—-yeah you guessed it, it got TOTALLY better!
Since it’s July over here, the weather is not always going to be sunny at 25-30 degrees Celsius… So today we had a bit of rain… Quite a lot last night, which made it a little tricky for the courts situation, but we made do.
The thing about the rain here is that it’s not the rain that is heavy and goes away after a few hours… This rain is just a spit. Imagine a person spitting at the ground… Now imagine this person is a five-year-old. That doesn’t really know how to spit yet, doesn’t have quite a lot of saliva to work with, but can still cause some damage if he does it enough and continuously.
So sure enough, there were a few delays before matches went on court. For those of you wondering, when courts are too wet that even warmups aren’t an option, the supervisor will allow an extended warmup. The warmup before the match then goes from five minutes to 10. It may not seem like much, but to us, it’s quite a lot.
On top of that, the weather dramatically changed from what felt like 40 degrees—-to about 9.
Not to worry, thanks to my amazing sponsor, ASICS, I was prepared with some mountain therma-wear gear!
Now, as you all know, there are some legendary player parties that I’m sure you’ve read about, or seeing pictures of.
Well, today, I’m going to talk about the dirndl. Yes, the dirndl. No, it’s not an autocorrect fail—-that’s the name for the traditional Austrian dress that is actually worn for more than one occasion—-that is not Halloween.
So, since Bad Gastein knows how to do it up, they decided to host a mega awesome player party this year.
They started off with providing players free hair and makeup so we look like mega-awesome tennis players—-but without the sweat.
Once that was taken care of, they decided to provide us with our own dirndl. Even though I felt like I couldn’t breathe in this corset-like dress, it was truly an experience of a lifetime.
We got transportation up the mountain, literally ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, where the ski lift has its end. We arrived to this beautiful old rustic cabin that is a major hangout spot for skiers during the winter months. Once we arrived, we did our photo pose shot, did a cheers with some champagne, and then sat by the fire in our wooden chair, by the wooden rocking chair, next to the wooden table.
Once we got situated, we had the four delicious dinner options, and a fabulous traditional Austrian dessert. And of course, who could forget the raffle, where the girl sitting NEXT to me won the prize… So close.
I know, I know, y’all thought we were going to go on the mountain tram today, but we figured that with the clouds everywhere, the pictures wouldn’t be that great. But not to worry, there’s always tomorrow!! :)
Much love,
I
P.S. Just got word I’ve been nominated for the WTA Player Council! Whooooo! Time to set up my campaign! :-D

HEAVEN ON EARTH
Hallo everyone!
First off, I’d like to say thanks for the amazing feedback from the fans that read my first blog! It is said in the ancient scrolls that a girl never gets tired of hearing compliments—especially when it comes to blogging ;-)
So today was another extraordinary day! It was a great day in the office, and what better way to finish a hard day at work? Why not go to a spa in the heart of Bad Gastein where you can have the snow-capped mountains as your backdrop in a picture?
And trust me, I really don’t like to brag, but it’s not even bragging at this point. It’s just straight up TRUTH! I have never enjoyed the mountains as much as I have here.
Once again, I took my compatriot Shelby Rogers, and we had a great time at the spa.
Even though we are both a little grossed out by community pools, we figured ‘when in Bad Gastein.’
For all of my Americans reading this, I must warn you of a bit of a culture shock that Shelby and I experienced today. Now, some of you may say “Hey, that’s not a culture shock,” BUT just bear with me.
So we walked in to this gorgeous building that is on the top of the mountain right across from the Bad Gastein Tram that goes all the way to the top. (It was closed by the time we went, so we decided for the spa instead. I know, rough. But don’t worry, we’re going to the top of the mountain tomorrow—in case you were wondering.)
We walked up some stairs, my favorite, and then we arrived to this super sleek and modern spa with some very cool steel and metallic blue designs everywhere. Since this tournament knows how to do it right, we got vouchers so we can go in for free—sauna and steam room included, but no towels. Just FYI! Once we walked in, we noticed that we were already in the locker room area. And at first, we thought maybe they would diverge and go from men to women—but alas, that divergence never came.
All of a sudden we are seeing lots and lots of…
I don’t want to get super descriptive, but you can just imagine where I’m trying to get at.
We decided to hit up the steam room after enjoying the hot tub, and we are pretty sure that we were chastised for wearing a towel in the steam room.
It was quite an experience, and I think Shelby are now closer than ever. Truly.
After relaxing for an hour, we decided to go back to our restaurant Lutter Wegner, for the best Wiener Schnitzel in town. Four course meal, mind you. We wouldn’t do it any other way.
As of now, Bad Gastein has got two thumbs up, two high fives, and a mega fist pump on how awesome it is!
I hope you can live vicariously through these words—-I believe that the world deserves to know what heaven on earth looks like :-D

HEAVEN ON EARTH
Hallo everyone!
First off, I’d like to say thanks for the amazing feedback from the fans that read my first blog! It is said in the ancient scrolls that a girl never gets tired of hearing compliments—especially when it comes to blogging ;-)
So today was another extraordinary day! It was a great day in the office, and what better way to finish a hard day at work? Why not go to a spa in the heart of Bad Gastein where you can have the snow-capped mountains as your backdrop in a picture?
And trust me, I really don’t like to brag, but it’s not even bragging at this point. It’s just straight up TRUTH! I have never enjoyed the mountains as much as I have here.
Once again, I took my compatriot Shelby Rogers, and we had a great time at the spa.
Even though we are both a little grossed out by community pools, we figured ‘when in Bad Gastein.’
For all of my Americans reading this, I must warn you of a bit of a culture shock that Shelby and I experienced today. Now, some of you may say “Hey, that’s not a culture shock,” BUT just bear with me.
So we walked in to this gorgeous building that is on the top of the mountain right across from the Bad Gastein Tram that goes all the way to the top. (It was closed by the time we went, so we decided for the spa instead. I know, rough. But don’t worry, we’re going to the top of the mountain tomorrow—in case you were wondering.)
We walked up some stairs, my favorite, and then we arrived to this super sleek and modern spa with some very cool steel and metallic blue designs everywhere. Since this tournament knows how to do it right, we got vouchers so we can go in for free—sauna and steam room included, but no towels. Just FYI! Once we walked in, we noticed that we were already in the locker room area. And at first, we thought maybe they would diverge and go from men to women—but alas, that divergence never came.
All of a sudden we are seeing lots and lots of…
I don’t want to get super descriptive, but you can just imagine where I’m trying to get at.
We decided to hit up the steam room after enjoying the hot tub, and we are pretty sure that we were chastised for wearing a towel in the steam room.
It was quite an experience, and I think Shelby are now closer than ever. Truly.
After relaxing for an hour, we decided to go back to our restaurant Lutter Wegner, for the best Wiener Schnitzel in town. Four course meal, mind you. We wouldn’t do it any other way.
As of now, Bad Gastein has got two thumbs up, two high fives, and a mega fist pump on how awesome it is!
I hope you can live vicariously through these words—-I believe that the world deserves to know what heaven on earth looks like :-D

09

Jul

I don’t always post pics of me wearing a dress, but when I do, I make sure it’s a traditional Austrian dirndl #💃💃 @shelbsrogers

I don’t always post pics of me wearing a dress, but when I do, I make sure it’s a traditional Austrian dirndl #💃💃 @shelbsrogers

08

Jul

Bad Gastein!!!

Hello friends! I know it’s been a while, and quite a few tournaments since my last post, but I think it’s time for a little comeback/debut/fresh blog—-from the beautiful city of Bad Gastein.
For those of you who know me, I always try and elaborate on what the tour is all about, and the behind the scenes stuff that people never know about—heck, I’m even writing a book about it!
People see tennis players and see the glamour, the spotlight, the Grand Slams, and the red carpet. A lot of people don’t know about the events that are in the middle of nowhere. That don’t have Wifi in a 30 mile radius… That only have one court to use for practice amongst 32 players… That have you stay in a hotel that isn’t near anything exciting, so you’re pretty much a hotel prisoner. As cool as that may sound, it can get quite old after 32 weeks of it.
Anyway… Enough of that.
Why?
Because, we are in freakin’ Bad Gastein.
It’s pretty much heaven on earth. And if you’ve never been, I STRONGLY, STRONGLY, STRONGLY, suggest for you to visit.
Now, I know that I may be a little biased to the US Open for being my favorite tournament—-well, let’s just say that US Open is my favorite Slam—-while Bad Gastein has quickly become my ABSOLUTELY MOST FAVORITE TOURNAMENT in the world.
Granted, I’m sure that there are some absolutely great tournaments out there that I haven’t been to yet, but this is just—-wow.
Let’s talk about getting here. It wasn’t easy, coming from a small city in France, but when you have a traveling buddy like Miss Shelby Rogers, it’s bound to be super fun and easy.
Transportation? Sure! We arrived at a train station about an hour from the site, and sure enough, we had a great big car waiting for us.
The ride? When I tell you that the driver was a DJ, I’m not kidding. There was never a commercial that came on. And as we all know, there are some really amazing DJs from Europe, so surely, the car was jumpin’. Straight up.
Mountains? Goats? Villages? Name it! Bad Gastein has got it.
I actually want to write a travel guide to Bad Gastein.
Oh, I haven’t even gotten to the hotel.
We arrived to a five star hotel that’s right next to a waterfall—-no big deal.
Upon a swift check in, I went into my suite—-I mean, just a normal room here. 5-star hotel? Pssssh… More like 7. I have closet space for WEEKS!
So, let’s talk about breakfast. The bread is to die for. And it’s not just one kind of bread—you have about 15 different options. You have every strudel you can imagine, a carving station—you even have a real HONEY COMB that you can add to your muesli, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, and milk—WHATEVER YOU DESIRE!
Access to the courts? It’s quite a struggle ya know, walking like 10 yards to the courts. And keep in mind, MOUNTAINS EVERYWHERE.
If you’re about to serve? You’re serving while looking at a mountain.
You’re chasing a dropshot? More like chasing it into a mountain. No big deal.
So what to do, what to do for dinner?
Why don’t we take a beautiful five minute car ride to downtown Bad Gastein where you’ll get a gajizillion dollar view, to get the best Weiner Schnitzel ever? I think yes.
Friends, as most players can attest to—-a lot of times, it has nothing to do with tennis. It’s just about feeling good about your state of mind. And as of now, I’m in a great state!
Ich liebe Bad Gastein.
I love Bad Gastein.
Te amo Bad Gastein.
Je t’aime Bad Gastein.
Whether or not all that is grammatically correct, y’all get the gist…
With lots and lots and lots and lots of love,
From Bad Gastein

02

Mar

Indian Wells!!!

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22

Feb

Had so much fun with my underwater #fujifilm camera yesterday! Shoutout to my boy @boxnth for getting me this gem! Also my girl @shelbsrogers for enjoying this with me!! 😎🌊

Had so much fun with my underwater #fujifilm camera yesterday! Shoutout to my boy @boxnth for getting me this gem! Also my girl @shelbsrogers for enjoying this with me!! 😎🌊

I HAD NO IDEA I HAD AN INSTAGRAM! But nonetheless! Here’s my first picture! Follow me!! Cheers to Instagram and social media 😃😏#Acapulco #beach #sunset #YAY

I HAD NO IDEA I HAD AN INSTAGRAM! But nonetheless! Here’s my first picture! Follow me!! Cheers to Instagram and social media 😃😏#Acapulco #beach #sunset #YAY

09

Jan

Tennistuesday.net

It’s an app or a website…User friendly up to date tennis news for the classic tennis fan!

This is my newest friend…She’s a friendly snake…
Ya know…one that doesn’t bite you…But just squeeeeeeeezes you really tight…

This is my newest friend…She’s a friendly snake…

Ya know…one that doesn’t bite you…But just squeeeeeeeezes you really tight…