Irina practicing on grass courts.
© Irina Falconi
Currently ranked No. 111 in the WTA Rankings, rising American star Irina Falconi continues the European blog she is writing for USTA.com in London, where she just qualified into her first Wimbledon.
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Depending where you are in the world, I'm going to go ahead and cover all my bases: Good morning! Good afternoon! Good evening!
Irina here, all the way in London. Not a bad place to be if you're someone like Edward Cullen. With the whole rain being in his favor. Boys, ya'll know Edward Cullen. And ladies, you most DEFINITELY know who Edward Cullen is.
Anyway, back to the good stuff. So, Friday, this was the second day of women's doubles. I mean, we didn't get to play a point on Thursday, but hey we were on the schedule, and that's what counts.
This morning was an early day for this girl right here. I had my alarm set for a little past eight, but I couldn't sleep past 6. So what do you do? You pack, repack, fix your clothing, unfold your clothing, fold it again, check the latest software updates for your electronic, and then go back to fixing your clothing. Awesome.
Coach Jeff and I decided to make our way to the Bank of England (that's the fancy way of saying Roehampton) at around 9. A little breakfast: beans, grilled tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms. Different much? So yeah, ended up warming up for our doubles match at around 11. We got our half an hour in, and that was it for outdoors.
Once again, Jeff and I played the oh-so-popular game in England: the rain-waiting game. It was great today, though, because first-on matches were able to play some, but at around 12:30 or so, it started spitting, then drizzling, then sprinkling, and then it came down on us!
While I was just minding my own business getting a massage at around 2:30, I hear the tournament director come on the PA and say a very humorous and English comment:
"Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see, it's still raining..." No kidding, Sherlock.
So at 3, Jeff and I decided to make our debut at the All England Club. People, when I say Wimbledon is a big deal, it's a big deal. Now, I'm not going to tell you which one is my favorite, but Wimby is not bad, let me tell ya. The entrance alone has a HUGE sign that says The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Think I'm not getting a picture of that today?
So yeah, we make our way to the credential area, where we get sorted and I get my goodie bag. I'm pretty sure they knew I was going to play this tournament this year because our player gift was jewelry. Anyone that knows me knows that I like me some bling.
So next time you see me playing or look at a picture of me, check out the strawberry on my left hand. It's a bracelet with a strawberry on it---how fitting?
After a solid half-an-hour hit that we were able to book in advance, we went and go my laundry sorted! It was one of the happiest feelings I've had throughout the trip. The dressing room attendant looked at me with wide eyes when I showed up with my huge laundry bag and then she said, "Not to worry, we'll have that for you tomorrow morning." Oh the joy!
After getting a little tour throughout the club, meeting with a few other players and getting some amazing grub, Jeff and I headed back to our awesome hotel in Clapham. Last night, though, which means? Yup, you guessed it. We're switching hotels again! Oh, the glamorous life.
At the end of the day, you just gotta do what you love and love what you do.
Tomorrow is the continuation of day 3 for women's doubles. Whoop whoop! Get pumped!