Tennis star Emily Appleton on lost luggage and positives in Germany

27/11/2019

Doing your job without work clothes or your tool would be difficult for most people to handle.
What if you’re a tennis player, you are overseas for a championship and you head for the airport luggage conveyor belt simply to learn all your luggage is lacking…
Sky Sports Scholar Emily Appleton shows all…
My last trip of the summer was in Germany for 2 weeks of competition to Braunschweig and also Leipzig. I was excited since I would return on the clay and competing in a nation that I am fond of!
For to Leipzig I needed to take two flights and when I arrived my 2 bags had not!
London airports don’t allow tennis rackets to be taken as hand luggage so I was without all my tennis shoes, of my rackets. All I had were the clothes I wore in my spine.
The problem was far from perfect but I tried not to worry – yet – since they were convinced the bags would arrive.
The next morning (the day of the first game!) My luggage were nowhere to be viewed.
In the time of my very first match I had no gear and was still wearing the clothes from the day before – I went in sports kit!
I was kindly gave her set of tennis shoes by my doubles partner and I borrowed a racket.
Considering all the factors as well as it being the first time we had met each other I had been very happy with what happened and we played very well together and we had defeated a solid German set.
A day after my luggage hadn’t showed up and it was time to get my first round singles game.
I faced a Hungarian who had expertise on the red clay and she had been a hard opponent. We
Started the game at 6pm after three hours of struggle that I won 7-6 4-6. I was pleased to win my very first round at the W25 and particularly considering the conditions.
Regrettably my luggage didn’t even appear in time for another day to get my next round singles along with the quarter-finals of this doubles.
From the singles I dropped to the ultimate winner and challenged her.
Into the pair which proceeded to win the championship we dropped 16-14 at the last set tiebreaker At the doubles.
They have been tough losses but I was happy with how the week had gone and very clear progress had been made – even without my things!
It sucks to lose but also to drop to the tournament’s winner is much more rewarding and it revealed that I am close.
My luggage showed up and so I managed to play together with my own gear.
I am back in England for a three-week training cube in which I will focus on my fitness. I’m really excited to continue working as I am seeing good improvements in mindset and my sport daily.

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