Melbourne, VIC, 25 July 2019 | Matt Trollope
Blake Mott is targeting a return to professional tennis at September’s Australian Pro Tour tournament in Cairns after two years away from the game.
Mott, 23, revealed in an in-depth interview with SEN’s The First Serve that he would be coming back to the sport with a renewed sense of perspective.
“A lot of it is a build-up of experiencing life outside the sport, and just getting familiar with not travelling constantly, having a bit of home life, getting that consistent balance,” he told the show’s host Brett Phillips.
“But I think for me the (most significant) thing has been working with a lot of juniors, as a coach. I found a lot of passion again and a lot of drive to really be a good role model and inspire a lot of the kids that have touched me in many ways.
“If I can have the opportunity to play in another Grand Slam, I think my whole outlook would just be completely different.”
✔@BlakeMott96Big thank you to @BrettAPhillips, @TheFirstServeAU & the @1116sen team for having me in the show last night! Loved sharing a small part of my journey. Catch the show via http://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=401254 …Mott’s story shares some commonality with the path taken by Ash Barty, who stepped away from the sport for a similar length of time. Both born in April 1996, Mott and Barty came through the developmental pathway together and were frequently a part of the same international junior tours, forging a friendship along the way.
“I remember having a coffee with her when we were about 18, similar age when she stepped away and we were sort of relating to some of the difficulties (of life on tour),” Mott said.
“Obviously she was on a very big scale, playing Aussie Open at such an early age and having that exposure as the ‘next best thing’.
“To see her take that time away, even try another sport, it’s inspiring. Definitely had a lot of familiarities (relating her journey to what I was experiencing).”