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.
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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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.”
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.