Bonjour from Paris!

It has been a while since I last wrote to you all, but I’ve been very busy, especially this past weekend, which was the most amazing weekend of my life.

It was Fed Cup weekend and we, the Serbian team, played for the first time at home in Serbia. We came a long way to get to this point. We’ve played all over, like in Turkey, Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary, just to get this unbelievable opportunity to play in front of our fans at the Belgrade Arena. My family, my friends and everyone else close to me were all there. We felt so much support: no matter what time of day we played, they came to see us or turned on their TVs to support us from home. On Saturday we actually broke the Fed Cup attendance record as 15,000 people came to watch! Even the President of Serbia was there.

I was so excited about the atmosphere and the energy there, and our whole team was so positive and supportive. We had such a huge responsibility and there were so many expectations for us to do well, but we handled the pressure perfectly. Ana and I had never played in front of a full house at home before, but we played like we’d been doing it for years and years. I can’t put into words how it felt to win the third point and secure the tie. To hear everyone in the crowd cheering my name too… It was the most amazing experience of my career, nothing can compare. I’ll never forget it.

Unfortunately, while the rest of the Serbian team celebrated, I had to go back home, pack and get some sleep before coming here to Paris! I would have loved to celebrate. After working so hard and dealing with so much pressure, it’s always nice to relax a little bit and share a victory with teammates; but we finished late yesterday and my flight was at 6am this morning, and I needed to get at least a few hours of sleep! We did celebrate on the court a little bit though, sharing the victory with the crowd, so I still had some fun afterwards 🙂

I landed in Paris around noon today. My older brother and coach are here with me. Now it’s time to focus on individual competition, as I’m playing the Open GDF SUEZ this week. Fed Cup was one of the rare opportunities tennis players get to play as a team; I really believe it’s going to help me in my own tournaments, because I haven’t played that much this year yet, and what I need right now are matches. That’s also why I decided to compete in Paris. Competition is totally different from practice. I want to get back to my best, so I need to get back to playing under pressure and finding the concepts in my game. Basically, I need to get match tough again. It was a last-minute decision to come here and I thought, why not?

Thanks to all of you for reading, and I’ll talk to you again very soon!

JJ

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