Sam Groth and Nicole Gibbs are giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional tennis all year long in My Tennis Life. To read more updates from Sam and Nicole, go to tennischannel.com.


Checking in after a tough first-round loss on Saturday in Cincy. After a good start, I lost steam and allowed myself to be outplayed—not the start to my East Coast swing that I had hoped for! However, after a long post-match team meeting, I left the site feeling a renewed sense of positivity and hopefulness for what’s left of the US Open Series.

My next move from here is a bit up in the air. Normally, after a loss, you pack up and head to the next tournament. However, I can’t be certain whether my next stop will be New Haven or New York. Because I did not receive a main-draw bid into the US Open, I will linger in Cincy for a few extra days of practice before heading to NYC to prepare. If I had been granted a wild card, I would have gone to New Haven for one last tournament before the big show.

While I had hoped to receive direct entry in New York, I recognize that my ranking alone did not earn me that luxury this time around. The ultimate goal is for me to reach a level where I no longer need to rely on charity for entry into the world’s biggest events. But, for now, I am placing my faith in the fact that my hard work will see me through to the main draw. I can’t wait to get back to my favorite tournament on earth.


—WTA Western & Southern Open Live: Watch all Western & Southern Open action live from Cincinnati on Tennis Channel Plus.

—WTA Western & Southern Open Encore: Can’t make it to Cincinnati? Watch all the coverage On Demand, including match play from Venus Williams and Simona Halep.

—Tennis Channel Academy: Learn from the game’s best and watch Tennis Channel Academy on Tennis Channel Plus.

—Get Tennis Channel Plus for 650+ live events all year long.

—Tennis Channel Plus is available on any streaming device, on mobile, always on the GO (desktop, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire). Subscribe today at BuyTCPlus.com.