I grew up on the hard courts of Southern California, Over time, the sun-drenched paint starts to flake, the grain turns skating-rink slick and the surface fades like an old man after three gin and tonics.
Juan Martin Del Potro's first clay-court appearance since the 2013 Rome Masters is off to a strong start. The 2009 U.S. Open champion opened with a 7-6(2), 6-4 win over Dustin Brown before beating another German, Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday.
You are standing face to face with adversity and it's not going to let you get through. In this moment the challenge is staring right in front of you, not backing down. In a moment of truth, it is forcing you to make a choice.