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|May 18th, 2009
Hello to everyone! Mike blogging from Tampa, Florida. It's 5:30 am and pitch black outside, but I'm up early. I'm trying to stay on European time because I figure it'll make it easier when I fly back over there in a few days. Obviously it wasn't our first choice losing early in Madrid, but it's a great chance to catch a week at home before the French Open. Two Slams are just around the corner and I feel it's paramount to be physically and mentally fresh during this important stretch. We've already logged five weeks in Europe playing a ton of tennis. And although I have nothing against the European way of living, five weeks can seem like ten for an American .....I guess we gringos are just used to simple luxuries that are obsolete in Europe . A couple days at home is much needed and there's no better way to freshen up in order to peak for the French.
I'm a bit of a pansy when it comes to sleep. I always sleep more soundly in my own bed.... if the bed size, firmness, pillows, or darkness of the room are a little off then there's a good chance I'll be yawning the next day. When I feel comfortable in my environment and I'm sleeping well, the body and mind heal quick.... so right now there's no replacement for quality time spent in the good ole U.S of A......with Sportscenter, wide roads, and enclosed showers.......who could want more!
Coming home also gives me the chance to put some weight back on. Finding gluten free food is a tough proposition in Europe so I slowly start looking more and more like Skeletor. Chowing down on some scrumptious fattening American food like The Waffle House and Outback Steakhouse!(only a mile away) will definitely solve that problem....not to mention awesome home cooking from my girlfriend! She makes the best gluten-free bacon/egg/tomato/mushroom breakfast sandwiches in the world. I think I can actually smell them right now! I'm very spoiled! I'm also bombarded with gluten free muffins, pasta, and anything that will help bulk me back up!
Yesterday was a very special day...... I watched my first Laker playoff game on TV in 10 years!!!! They pummeled the Houston Rockets in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference finals. Since joining the tour, I've missed out on all their playoff games- NBA basketball doesn't make the cut on the European tube.....too much damn soccer!
Anyway, off to go hit the gym over at Saddlebrook and then smack a few balls with John Isner. Bob and our coach, David Macpherson, decided to stay over in London and practice at Roehampton with some of the Brits. I get to see enough of that crazy twin of mine so I'm not missing him too much. He's definitely trying to make me jealous though. He's already been to a Counting Crows show and a Eric Clapton concert over the past few days. It's ok though, I couldn't be happier right here in the Sunshine State!
P.S. Enjoy another week in Europe Bobby- Ha!
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