All posts by Blake Mott

I'm 19, I live in Melbourne and train at the Melbourne High Performance Tennis Academy of Tennis Australia. My coach is Peter Luczak.

Maiden Grand Slam – Australian Open 2017

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What a week! Turning up to play the Australian Open 2017 Qualifying Event after being given a wildcard  from Tennis Australia was a dream come true in itself. I had worked so hard in the lead up to prepare my body and fitness should  I receive a wildcard. I have had my best year to date and could only pray that I received one. After getting through the first round against an opponent I lost to 2 years ago was a major achievement and a step in the right direction, that felt really good and I knew I could take it to these guys at this level.

It’s amazing stuff, to be playing in my first grand slam in my home country where I grew up playing tennis, watching on TV all those years – this is truly special.

My heartfelt thanks goes to Peter Luczak who flew home cutting his Xmas short with family overseas to be here with me for my preparation … words cannot describe how much you do for me and I truly appreciate it. It worked! and I will be forever grateful.

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The story goes….

“Mott beat Ireland’s James McGee 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 to score a place in the main draw and the financial security of a guaranteed $A50,000. For the world 284th-ranked Mott, he can’t wait to find out what life is like in a grand slam. “It’s amazing stuff,” Mott said on Saturday. “To be playing in my first grand slam in my home country where I grew up playing tennis, watching on TV all those years – this is truly special.”

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Australian Open 2017: From building site to main draw – the Blake Mott story

http://www.theage.com.au/sport/australian-open/australian-open-2017-from-building-site-to-main-draw–the-blake-mott-story-20170114-gtrjlo.html

BIG CHANCE: Thirroul’s Blake Mott

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Mott ready to fire on Aus Open debut

Local Sport>Mitch Cohen16 Jan 2017, 9:11 a.m.
 

A lifelong dream will become a reality for Thirroul’s Blake Mott on Tuesday afternoon when the promising talent makes his Australian Open debut.

Just days after cementing his spot at his maiden major tournament through a tense qualifying campaign, the 20-year-old will face-off against French 18th seed Richard Gasquet at Melbourne Park.

Mott could barely contain his excitement.

“It’s amazing stuff,” he said after sealing his spot.

“To be playing in my first grand slam in my home country where I grew up playing tennis, watching on TV all those years – this is truly special.”

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4405095/mott-ready-to-fire-on-aus-open-debut/

To all my family and friends that flew down to Melbourne at spare of the moment thanks so much! I loved having you all here and truly appreciate it the support you gave me.

Cheers Blake

1st Round Win! Aus Open 2017 Qualifying Event

I won my first round match yesterday at the Aus Open Qualifying Event winning against Russian Alexander Kudryatsev 6-1 6-2. I play 2nd round Friday 13th Jan.

I play second match after 10am. Here below is the link to the livestream for the match, click on Court 7 : http://www.ausopen.com/mobile/en_AU/video/live.aotv.html

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Hi everyone,

Below is my side of the draw for the Qualifying Event for the Aus Open 2017. Thank you Tennis  Australia for the Wildcard.

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I’m last match on Court 8.

Go to AusOpen.com.au for live scores

Cheers Blake

Australian Open Wild Card Play-Off & Results for 2016 Snapshot

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I have been afforded  a spot for the play off in the Australian Open 2017 Wild Card event. Play starts Monday the 12th December 2016 at Melbourne Park.  This is for 1 player to win a spot into the Australian Open 2017 Main Draw.

I am very grateful to Tennis Australia and all the Selectors for choosing me as one of 16 Australian Players to get this opportunity.

“Dear Blake,

I hope you are well and congratulations on your results this year!

 Tennis Australia is pleased to invite you to Melbourne Park for the 2017 Australian Open Wildcard Playoff from 12 – 18 December 2016. 

As part of the December Showdown event, the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff will feature 16 of Australia’s best tennis talent, each competing for a Wildcard into the Main Draw of the Australian Open.  Starting in 2002, previous winners of the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff include Jordan Thompson, James Duckworth, Benjamin Mitchell, Daria Gavrilova, Alicia Molik, Jelena Dokic, and Casey Dellacqua. “

The event will be shown live and streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbzrxo9uIUg

My best results this year in snapshot:

1 Challenger Win
3 Futures Finals
2 Futures Semi Finals
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Jan 2016 – Winner – Launceston (Tas) Challenger against Andrey Golubev (6-7 6-1 6-2)

Feb 2016 – Finalist – Port Pirie Future lost to Christopher O’Connell 6-7(6) 6-3 2-6

May 2016 – Quarter Finalist -Tampa, Florida Future lost to Roberto Quiroz 6-2 1-6 3-6

June 2016 – Semi Finalist in Kelowna Canada Futures lost to Peter Polansky 1-6 1-6

July 2016 – Semi Finalist Saskatoon Canada Futures lost to Phillip Bester 4-6 6-4 4-6

October 2016 – Finalist Toowoomba Futures lost to Jamere Jenkins 6-7(5) 6-7(2)

October 2016 – Finalist Cairns Futures lost to Christopher  O’Connell 6-0 2-6 4-6

Nov 2016 – Quarter Finalist Wollongong Futures lost to Maverick Bains 6-4 4-6 3-6

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Traralgon Challenger, Australia Hard $50,000

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Hi everyone,

I am playing the Traralgon Challenger this week. I don’t play until tomorrow Tuesday the 25th October 2016.

Here is the draw: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/6865/mds.pdf

Here is the Order of Play: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/6865/op.pdf

If there is a livestream link I will paste it here. Stand by

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

→Canberra Challenger 31 October 2016
→Wollongong ITF Futures Event 7 Nov 2016

Then back to Melbourne for a training block ready for the Aussie Summer of Tennis leading into the AO Grand Slam 2016.

Cheers Blake

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ITF Cairns – Finalist !

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Cairns ITF- Finalist!

This week I made it through to the Final of the Cairns ITF Futures event. I started really well in the Final, and then lost my way early on in the second set and will be first to admit that “I got complacent and looked too far ahead” before I knew it, I was 0-2 down. Chris played really strong and got the better of me and never gave in.

I take a lot of positives out of this week and the last week, and that is that my serve is improving after extensive work on that part of my game before I left for these two ITF events.

I now look forward to next week a Challenger event in Traralgon, Victoria, which is good for me, it is close to home and Peter Luczak my coach will be with me again at this event. Onto next week and a good start for me to the Australian Summer of Tennis. :) thanks for everyone for their support!

“O’Connell takes seesaw final in Cairns

Chris O’Connell has overcome a 0-6 start to take the Cairns Pro Tour title over Blake Mott.

 

Chris O’Connell has survived a blistering start from fellow New South Welshman Blake Mott to take the Cairns Tennis International title on Sunday.

After dropping the opening set without winning a game, the third seed righted the ship to eventually claim victory 0-6 6-2 6-4 in just under two hours.

“Blake came out all guns blazing and I really didn’t know what hit me,” O’Connell, a previous Cairns semifinalist, said.

“Everything was going a million miles an hour and before I knew it, the first set was over.

“I really had to regroup and think about what I needed to change up, but I seemed to turn it around quite quickly.

“It was quite a strange match, very up and down, but I thought I had the better of the second set and then the third set was anyone’s game again.

“I was lucky enough to get through it in the end.”

The pair last met in a February Pro Tour final in Port Pirie, with O’Connell also taking the honours then in three tight sets.

Mott had just enjoyed a break-out ATP Challenger win in Launceston, but since then O’Connell has had some success of his own, reaching a semifinal at the same level in Sibiu, Romania, just last month.”

Compliments of Cairns QLD, Australia, 16 October 2016 | David Packman http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2016/10/16/oconnell-takes-seesaw-final-in-cairns

Cheers Blake

ITF Toowoomba – Finalist

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Hi everyone,

My first tournament back since my return to Aus has been great, to which I made the Final. Unfortunately I lost to Jamere who played well and got the win 7-6 7-6.

“I thought I played pretty well when I was down but maybe could have been a bit more aggressive when I was up,” “I felt like I had a couple of really good opportunities but didn’t quite grab it by the horns. That’s the ebbs and flows of tennis. I understand that’s how it goes,” “You’ve just got to keep chipping away and bringing the same competitive attitude and giving it your all.”

“It’s my first tournament of this Aussie summer campaign, so for me it’s great to get some matches and it’s a good start.

Thanks to Hutchinson Builders who put on a fantastic event, thanks to all the lines people and ball boys and girls. What a great week! Thanks to everyone and especially Peter Luczak my coach and mate Marc Polmans.

Onto the next tournament starting Wednesday for me  at Cairns ITF F 8.

Here’s the link to the main draw when it becomes available:

http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/3381/mds.pdf

There will be live streaming of the event here at Epicentre TV: http://www.epicentre.tv/itf-tennis/

ITF link to draw and Order of Play : http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100037784

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Schedule for October – Aussie Tour

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Hi everyone,

Here is my schedule for October here in Aus! I am going to sit out Alice Springs and Brisbane ITF  Futures event to practice and work hard on some things I want to work on. Cheers Blake :)

AUSTRALIA F7 FUTURES – TOOWOOMBA - 3 October – 9 October 2016 – http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100037783

AUSTRALIA F8 FUTURES – CAIRNS  - 10 October – 16 October 2016 – http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100037784

 

Shanghai, China Challenger

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Hi everyone,

I am in Shanghai, China playing the Challenger event here. I don’t play until tomorrow Wednesday 7th September 2016.

I lost a tough match last week, tried my best, but although I felt I pushed him hard, my serve let me down and lost the match in 3.

Surprise though, I get another chance tomorrow against the same guy.

I am in Main Draw, here is the draw: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/6313/mds.pdf

Here is the Order of Play: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/6313/op.pdf

Cheers Blake

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Shanghai University To Host Challenger Tour

ATP Challengers Tour will be held at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Songjiang District from September 4 to 11. The aim is to promote the sport among students.

The Tour, with a total prize money of US$50,000, will feature male players ranked between 50 and 300. The winner will be awarded 80 ATP ranking points. The best Chinese players will be given wildcards to the 2016 Shanghai Masters next month. China’s top male players Wu Di, Zhang Ze and Li Zhe will all take part in the event.

The event will be held in the campus for two years.