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EMOTIONS RUN HIGH AS MOTT TOPS DAY OF AUSSIE SUCCESS

Weeks after a broken wrist required surgery, Blake Mott is among four Australian men to claim opening-round wins in Australian Open 2020 qualifying.

On a day where emotions ran high as a myriad of Australian players rode the wave of home support to score upset victories, it was Blake Mott’s smile which shone the brightest.

Mott’s story is arguably the most dramatic of anyone at Australian Open 2020. Having resumed his professional career in September after two years out of the game, the 23-year-old broke his left wrist while competing in last month’s Wildcard Play-off.

Remarkably, he recovered sufficiently to enter the qualifying rounds this week as a wildcard, beginning his campaign with a 6-3 6-4 upset of Portuguese 27th seed Pedro Sousa.

“Mate, it’s truly amazing,” a visibly delighted Mott said. “I know I can take it to some of the best guys in the world, it’s just about getting out here competing in this environment and building momentum. I think this is only my fifth tournament since I’ve come back, so to gain that confidence against a player of his level this early, really excites me for the year ahead.”

Mott’s victory over the world No.139 was all the more impressive given that he only began hitting backhands again barely a fortnight ago. He admitted that merely being able to compete at Australian Open 2020 was always ‘touch and go.’

“I always just remained really positive,” he said. “It was a really ambitious goal, but I was dedicated to it 110% and I literally took it day by day. The moment I came out of surgery four weeks ago, I had this mindset of just getting it a little per cent better every single day.

“Whether that was being disciplined and keeping it still or moving an extra finger, And before I knew it, it was three days to go, I was hitting backhands and ready to play!”

Having originally quit tennis in 2017, Mott said that he has been inspired by the success of childhood friend Ash Barty, who took her own break from professional tennis before returning to achieve Grand Slam glory at last year’s French Open.

“I think Ash’s story is one for the ages a little bit,” he said. “It’s really inspiring to any player who feels like they need some time away, to decide what they really want to do, and to rekindle the fire. I think everyone needs to find that on their own journey.

“For me I came to a place where I really wanted to make the best out of myself, for me, and that was the main motivation for starting hitting tennis balls again.”

MOTT CROWNED DARWIN CHAMPION

Darwin, NT, 29 September 2019 | Asher Packman 

Wildcard Blake Mott has powered his way to a second consecutive Australian Pro Tour title with a decisive victory over Calum Puttergill in the Darwin International final.

After claiming the Cairns title last week in his first professional tournament back from a two-year hiatus, the former world No.220 took command from outset, holding his unseeded Queensland opponent at bay to secure the match 6-1 6-4.

“This one was pretty special, it’s been a tough week with the heat up here and backing up after a lot of matches in Cairns as well, “Mott said. “It was a really good one to win.”

“I’ve had a really good mindset with taking each match as it comes,” he added. “Just going out there and trying to zone in on every point. That’s really what has paid dividends.”

The 23-year-old couldn’t have asked for a better start to his recent return.

“When you come back and you’re mentally fresh, everything feels quite new again. I think I’ve really stoked up that feeling excitement and I want to just keep on enjoying my tennis. Obviously, it’s been a great two weeks but hopefully it’s just the beginning.”

While Mott claimed back-to-back crowns, Cabrera took out both singles and doubles titles in Darwin, partnering for the first time with Destanee Aiava to defeat second seeds Alison Bai and Jaimee Fourlis on Friday.

MOTT CLAIMS CAIRNS TITLE

Cairns, QLD, 22 September 2019 | Asher Packman  

 

Wildcard Blake Mott completed the perfect return to professional tennis on Sunday, defeating third seed Vladyslav Orlov to claim the 2019 Cairns International title.

After a tight opening set, Mott pulled away from his Ukrainian opponent to win 7-5 6-2, earning his first ITF World Tennis Tour title in eight finals attempts.

He had only won one previous professional title, at the ATP Challenger event in Launceston in 2016.

“It’s been a fantastic week,” said Mott, 23. “Just to be at the end of it, to get the title here after such a big lay-off and my first title after making so many finals. It’s pretty special.”

After stepping away from the game just over two years ago, Mott showed some of the form this week that propelled him as high as world No.220 in 2017.

RELATED: Blake Mott embarks on tennis comeback

“I’ve got to have some belief that my level can do some damage in these events,” he said. “I always knew that if I was in a good place mentally and my body was doing well, I could make it happen.

“I was just looking to come out here to compete and fight hard for every point. It’s a great start but it really is just the beginning of a journey back.”

Mott pointed to his renewed love of the game and enjoyment of competing again as underpinning his success in Cairns.

“The pure freshness of it, whereas back where I was last time there wasn’t really a whole lot of that,” he said. “That’s the way I keep seeing it, a fresh start and an opportunity to create a new version of myself, my game and my mindset.”

BLAKE MOTT EMBARKS ON TENNIS COMEBACK

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.”

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@BlakeMott96

 Big 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 

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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).”

Ready!! It’s time to go again!

 

Eyes on the prize: Blake Mott won the AMT Platinum tournament at Beaton Park on Sunday. Picture: Robert Peet

Eyes on the prize: Blake Mott won the AMT Platinum tournament at Beaton Park on Sunday. Picture: Robert Peet

 Bulli’s Blake Mott began his quest to return to the elite ranks with a straight sets victory in the final of Wollongong’s AMT Platinum tournament at Beaton Park on Sunday.
Mott had taken a two-year break from the game and only returned to the court last month, after a career high where he made the Australian Open main draw, falling to French veteran Richard Gasquet in the first round. It was Mott’s first success since winning an ATP Challenger hardcourt tournament in Launceston in 2016, where he beat the now world No.7 Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Mott last month told radio station SEN he’d rediscovered his love for the game during the break.

NEW CAREER HIGH RANKING – 222 !!

 

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Hi everyone,

My new career high ranking  is at 222.

It’s been a while since I updated my posts, but here I am in Venice playing a Challenger event. I made it through to the Semi Finals and lost to the eventual winner.

I am moving to Vicenza, Italy to play the Challenger there, which I was awarded a SE due to me being in the Semi at Mestre, Italy. Which is 1 hour away.

I play today Tuesday 30th May 1st on at 11am Italy time. Here is the order of play http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2017/7015/op.pdf

Here is the draw: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2017/7015/mds.pdf

Don’t forget as Mr Barclay does that the link to the livestream is https://livestream.com/ATP I may not be on a livestream court today, but save it for future matches.

The hotel is nice this week, as last week’s was not. NO wifi and not good food. So happy this one, which is the Marriot in Vicenza is a much better room and venue.

SCHEDULE:

Next Week 5th – 11th June – No tennis, week off travel to UK
12th – 18th June ATP 250 Mercedes Cup – Stuttgart, Germany
19th – 25th June Challenger Ilkley, Great Britain
26th June, Wimbledon Qualifying
then HOME to Aus!

 

 

 

Sweden F1 – ITF Futures Karlskrona

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After a tough start in Italy, I am now in the town of Karlskrona, Sweden. Karlskrona is a unique city, the distance is short between sights, and the city centre is situated 6 km out in the archipelago! Karlskrona is truely the sunniest city in Sweden!

I play on Tuesday at the F1 ITF Event at KARLSKRONA Address:Arenavägen 19, Karlskrona, 371 55, Sweden

Main Draw: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2017/683/mds.pdf

Order of Play: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2017/683/mds.pdf

Livescores; http://itfprocircuit.tennis-live-scores.com/scoreboard.aspx?tid=M-FU-SWE-01A-2017

Next Event will be F2 – ITF Futures Bastad

Cheers Blake

 

1st Round Win ! Japan Yokohama Challenger

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KimusPics @KimusPics

Stunning win for beating No.5 seed Grega Zemlja 6-2 6-3 to reach the 2R

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Ayumi @ayumiphotos 10h10 hours ago

I like his tennis form. I wanted to model it.

Diego Nebreda @Mamiro10 8h8 hours ago

Race to Milan

Rk - Player - Age - Points - TP - Rk ATP - Week 9

1 - Alexander Zverev - 19 - 340 - 4 - 20 -
2 - Daniil Medvedev - 21 - 250 - 4 - 57 - Dubai
3 - Casper Ruud - 18 - 225 - 4 - 133 - Sao Paulo
4 - Andrey Rublev - 19 - 171 - 4 - 111 -
5 - Noah Rubin - 21 - 165 - 5 - 172 -
6 - Hyeon Chung - 20 - 163 - 4 - 90 -
7 - Alexander Bublik - 19 - 160 - 4 - 137 -
8 - Omar Jasika - 19 - 135 - 4 - 249 -

9 - Frances Tiafoe - 19 - 111 - 5 - 89 - Acapulco
10 - Taylor Fritz - 19 - 110 - 5 - 136 - Acapulco
11 - Quentin Halys - 20 - 99 - 7 - 148 - Wroclaw Challenger
12 - Ernesto Escobedo - 20 - 97 - 4 - 113 - Acapulco
13 - Alex De Minaur - 18 - 84 - 4 - 257 -
14 - Blake Mott - 20 - 83 - 5 - 305 - Yokohama Challenger
15 - Borna Coric - 20 - 75 - 5 - 64 - Acapulco
16 - Michael Mmoh - 19 - 74 - 6 - 182 -
17 - Reilly Opelka - 19 - 71 - 4 - 173 -
18 - Daniel Altmaier - 18 - 70 - 4 - 293 -
19 - Karen Khachanov - 20 - 65 - 6 - 50 - Dubai
20 - Jared Donaldson - 20 - 62 - 6 - 91 -
21 - Akira Santillan - 19 - 56 - 6 - 192 - Sao Paulo
22 - Matteo Berrettini - 20 - 47 - 3 - 339 -
23 - Christian Garin - 20 - 44 - 2 - 188 -
24 - Jaume Munar - 19 - 42 - 4 - 251 -
25 - Duckhee Lee - 18 - 40 - 5 - 135 - Yokohama Challenger
26 - Lloyd Harris - 20 - 39 - 3 - 294 - Yokohama Challenger
27 - Dmitry Popko - 20 - 29 - 3 - 210 - Turkey F8
28 - Hugo Grenier - 20 - 28 - 3 - 419 - Italy F2
29 - Tommy Paul - 19 - 28 - 4 - 301 - USA F9
30 - Corentin Moutet - 17 - 26 - 3 - 440 -

Yokohama, Japan – Challenger

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Thanks to Ayumi @ayumiphotos

Hi everyone,

I am here in Japan. I first played last week at Kyoto Challenger and lost first round and have now moved to Yokohama Japan Challenger. I am in qualies here and here is the draw:

http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2017/6626/qs.pdf

I play the 3rd round of qualies today at 10.00am (Monday 27 Feb 2017)

Here is the link to livestream

https://livestream.com/ATP/events/7063685?origin=event_published&mixpanel_id=a38174f66ce97-0c0a57d1f-43681f0a-2ee000-a38174f66db93&acc_id=12010496&medium=email

My Tournament Schedule:

27 Feb 2017 – Zhuhai CH

13 March 2017 – Canberra Futures

20 March 2017 – Canberra Futures

or

13 Mar 2017 – Shenzhen CH or Drummondville CH

20 March 2017 – Quanzhou CH