I originally wanted to do a video post for this, but then I remembered I am video shy and would be too embarrassed, (my brother would mock me until the end of time... which wasn't this year, thankfully). All I want to say really is a big MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our fabulous readers at On The Go Tennis.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me taking on a larger role on this site. It is a bit nerve-wracking coming in to something that is already well established and wondering if those numbers will fall or drop. Rachel and I have different styles of writing, (she's hilarious, I'm less so), but I hope we can work towards a balance in 2013. Any suggestions you guys have, fire away. I am always up for ideas and constructive criticism.
2012 was the most amazing year for me. It centered around a three month stint in the USA, a truly wonderful country where I was lucky enough to meet Rachel and other Twitter friends. Unfortunately I was unable to see much tennis, (Motel 6 doesn't usually have the best Wifi or cable TV), but in a strange way tennis marked the beginning and end of our trip. I missed the first set of Maria Sharapova's French Open win because I was at my own leaving party, (I left my job to travel) and had to catch the end in a lonely pub around midnight. I arrived in the USA and watched a TV in a rental car office for news of the men's French Open final. I was informed of Rafael Nadal's win via white writing across the screen. A month later I was holed up in a Days Inn in Dallas, allowing myself down time from sight seeing to cheer for Roger Federer as he stole his 17th. I watched none of the Olympics, but three months after we arrived we ended our trip in a Santa Monica bar watching Andy Murray capture his first Slam, just hours before we were due to head home. The tennis season came and went in a whirlwind, but I feel as we enter the 2013 season, I didn't really miss that much after all.
I'm spending this Christmas in Australia without my family, (I am originally from New Zealand), but come the Australian Open my brother and dad will be joining me. My dad hasn't seen live tennis since the '80s, so I am sure that will inspire some writing.
I wish you all the very best holidays. I hope 2012 brought everything you wished for, and 2013 is even better.
Here's me, two days ago in the Grampians, enjoying the heat and Australian wildlife. And yup, that's a wallaby I am so excited to be feeding. Have a good one, guys!