It's been well over a week since my last Open update. Until today it was a nightmare to type as I could't use both hands but more on that later...
Friday 22nd Nov was my 1st doubles match of the Open. Playing with Kieran Booth we were seeded 4th and our 1st opponents were the 5th seeds in Andrew Lyons and James Male.
It has been over 3 years since KB and I last played doubles together, although when we did we made the Australian Open Doubles Final in Hobart. We weren't sure how we were going to play it and decided to see how the 1st set went with playing server up (covering the galleries). Safe to say that it didn't quite go well. The 1st set disappeared in a flash losing it 2/6.
For the start of the 2nd set we decided for KB to play back and for me to play up covering the galleries. This worked almost immediately as KB was as solid as a rock at the back and this allowed me to pick off a few volleys for winners. From the Hazard end we decided to play as much as we could on the floor to Andrew because he defended so many of our forces in the 1st set and with this we had more opportunities to pick off galleries and get back to the service end. I also let rip on a couple of trademark B/H forces of which James did well to get out of the way of the 1st one. The 2nd and 3rd sets came our way 6/1 6/2 to lead 2-1 in sets.
The 3rd set continued in the same manner going 4/0 up then 5/2. We both got a bit too excited and with that got a bit loose which enabled Andrew and James to take a few games but leading 5/4 we knew we didn't want to play a 5th set and took the last game to love to win in 4 sets 2/6 6/1 6/2 6/4.
Sunday 24th Nov a doubles Semi Final, my 1st British Open Semi Final, It lasted all of 5 mins! going down in the 3rd game with a dislocated left shoulder.
We were at the Hazard end, I moved up the court to defend the Winning gallery when the ball was boasted off the Main wall behind me. As KB went screaming across the court to retrieve it I ducked out of the way and as I put my hands on the floor the palm of my left hand just slipped straight off the surface and I crashed forward onto my chest.
As soon as it happened I knew it was bad, when someone asked me if I was OK the 1st thing I said was that I think I've dislocated my shoulder. As I've done my first aid I knew that the best thing was not to move until the Ambulance arrived so I was kept warm with blankets and towels.
I was wearing a very tight thermal compression top under my t-shirts and when the paramedic said that he wasn't sure it was dislocated and asked if he could cut my t-shirts off. As he cut the compression top off I almost went through the roof as the top was basically keeping it together.
I was taken to the Hospital and had to wait until having an X-ray before the doctors could put my shoulder back in. I was in a lot of pain so was given pain relief in the way of a gas that I sucked in through a mouthpiece. It was pretty strong stuff and I remember telling Carly that it tasted like a rum and coke... Finally after just over 2 hours I was sedated and my shoulder put back in.
I'm due to go back to the Hospital on Thursday 5th Dec to have a check up with a shoulder specialist in the fracture clinic and will hopefully get the all clear to start my rehab. It is pretty unlikely that I'll be able to play in the Australian Open 6-14 Jan which is very disappointing! To miss a tournament through injury is always disappointing but to miss my home Open in Melbourne is doubly disappointing.
A big thank you to all those that helped look after me when it happened and to those who have text, emailed or called.