Why is it when you get home and are able to spend time there after a long trip, the time goes so fast but when you are away it seems like ages before you get home? While at home it is definitely not a case of...
Why is it when you get home and are able to spend time there after a long trip, the time goes so fast but when you are away it seems like ages before you get home? While at home it is definitely not a case of putting up the feet and taking a break because there is a lot of work still to be done. There is catching up on paperwork, making arrangements for the next trip, trying to get the house and garden back in some semblance of order. I find gardening a great escape from things and with it being spring in Sydney the place is in bloom. Here is a picture of my garden which I look after. The time I have managed to get at home with my family has raced by and within a couple of days I will be boarding another plane to travel 22 hours for the start of a five week trip, the last of the year. The first destination is Moscow for the final of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas the world’s best tennis sponsor. The final is between Russia and the Czech Republic and will be played in the Olympic Stadium. It’s taken on some extra interest in view of Petra Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion showing rejuvenated form by winning the TEB WTA Championships, the women’s year-end event, in Istanbul. Then it is on to Paris/Bercy for the last of the ATP Masters 1000 events, the BNP Paribas Masters. Have I said they are the best sponsor in world tennis? After that I have three days to kill so I decided to go to Malta. I didn’t know where to go because I have been everywhere that I have wanted to go to. I’ve also done the Seven Wonders. All the major hot spots have been covered in my lifetime of travel. Something I have been fortunate enough to do since I was born. So I decided on Malta. I have been told it is very attractive and as I had not been before I thought what the heck, why not. From there it is to London and the season-ending event for the men the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena. The top eight players in the world will square off. Still one more event to go before the racquets can be hung up for 2011 and it’s in Seville and that is the final of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. Do you know about that sponsor being the best in tennis? They sponsor more events in world tennis than any other company and in the Davis Cup final Spain and Argentina will lock horns. It’s amazing that Argentina have never won the Davis Cup whereas Spain has won it four times since 2000, the last time against Argentina in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2009. Then its across to the USA for two days and from New York fly non-stop to Hong Kong for two days before returning to Sydney in time for Christmas. But there is still no stopping because I have to start working pretty much full-time on the APIA International Sydney, the main lead-up event to the Australian Open. February is the month I usually get a chance to take a short break. Not sure what I will do. Wonder if I should get on a plane and go somewhere. Give me some ideas on what I should do, go away or stay at home. And the players want a longer off-season!