by JAMES HENRY
ATLANTA – In the moment, you are right where you’re supposed to be. The power pushes you across, up and down.
It is a wave.
Thrilling, especially as you gain speed. A combined state of euphoria, peace, presence and excitement.
When you ride, you want to suspend time. You charge in and rip it up.
It’s an experience to live. But lose focus and you’re off the board.
After paddling hard on the ATP Challenger Tour, Denis Kudla now is surfing his way through a remarkable summer tennis season.
Kudla was the last American man standing at this year’s Wimbledon, where he advanced to the fourth round. He was the first guy from the U.S. to get that far since 2012.
Now, Kudla has reached his first-ever ATP World Tour semifinal. He is scheduled to play two-time defending champion John Isner at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Aug. 1.
“I’m feeling really good. My tennis is exactly where I want it to be. I feel like mentally I’m in a really good place,” the 22-year-old said. “Everything in my game is really coming together, and I’m really hoping that I can continue this throughout the whole U.S. swing.”