Off season or pre season. In tennis they are kind of the same thing anyway. Longest season in sports is over and it starts in a months time. Kind of tough to prepare as good as you want and need with that short time period. But, when you have a sport that is rooted in different countries with individual tournaments...it is kind of tough having it any other way.
I had about 6 days of vacation and went to Dubai. As usual. I really don't want to travel far after the last ball has been played for the year and if there is no sun and beach it is not a vacation. So Dubai is the closest with guaranteed sun and warm weather. And I love it. Had a few amazing days of doing nothing, except the hour in the gym everyday. A lot of rose and a lot of beer on the beach. It is nice to feel like a normal person now and then. Hmmm...that can be interpreted in a lot of ways...
Anyway, I just started my pre season two days ago and today I am on my way to Barcelona. I need to fix a few things with my body and hopefully the doctors in Barcelona can help. Fingers crossed. Because I really don't like travelling for no reason believe it or not.
I wont play much tennis for the next couple of weeks, since that is what wears a tennis player down. So I will only do fitness and strengthening. Being fit really gives me confidence and when I feel I am not, I tend not to play so well. So, it is a must. The pre season training does not get easier with every year and since this is the first time I am 37 years old, it will probably be the toughest one so far... Not looking forward to it to be honest, but without it, I may as well quit. And I am too young for that...HAHAHAHAHA!!!!