Last weekend my other half and I drove down to Monaco to spend the weekend in Monte Carlo for the semi-finals and finals of the ATP 1000 tournament. Despite the fact that every player we were supporting lost (Pouille, Goffin, Lopez, Ramos) we still had a great weekend. Here are some of the things we got up to and some tips for anyone who is planning to go to the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters next year. 1. Stay at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort The Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort is a 5 minute walk from the…

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During my long tennis career 😉 I have tried a couple of different tennis sensors – my partner has the Babolat POP (which I have already reviewed for this blog) and I have used the Zepp tennis sensor. The Babolat POP has been a great success and my partner uses it for every single training or match. I have not used the Zepp so much as I have the flex mount that sticks out of the end of the racket, and it feels a bit strange to play with – I think I will need to buy the pro mount…

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Whilst back in the UK for the Easter weekend I decided to attend the Health Bloggers Community Summit at the Hoxton Hotel. I had images in my mind of tens of young female health bloggers (at least 10 years younger than me), all kitted out in leggings and trainers, turmeric latte in hand, talking into their phones or cameras for their Instagram stories or YouTube vlogs. Actually, it didn’t quite live up to the cliché, though it wasn’t far off! Whilst leggings and trainers were indeed de rigueur, it was refreshing to see that most people were too busy listening…

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Although it is still a bit touch and go, the weather has certainly improved in Italy and I have already trained outside at least 3 times (take a look at my YouTube video to catch some clips of me training for the first time outside on clay this year). As we move from winter to spring, my everyday wardrobe starts to lighten up and I begin to replace black and grey with navy blue and white (I know, super adventurous!). I now need to do the same with my tennis wardrobe, and slowly wean myself off the dark hues I…

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I live a fairly simple, quiet life in a small town in Italy, but thanks to social media I am beginning to develop a network of tennis-playing friends from all over the world. I am so pleased to receive comments, feedback, words of encouragement, and constructive criticism on my blog, YouTube and Instagram tennis photos and videos, and I am touched when someone takes the time to reach out to me via email. Recently, the Tennis Director at Costa del Tennis, Rhonda, sent me a lovely message to say ‘hola’ and chat about our shared interest in contributing to the…

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