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27 August 2006 @ 11:23 pm
I made it! ♥

I made it, and I got in -- all of us that played to qualify did. It's happening and we're here and I feel like nothing can stop us now.

Here there's an energy that's more intense and more amazing than even the Nationals back home. The air is buzzing and you're always aware that you're being watched; there's some real stars here, people I'm honoured to have the opportunity to face. I can just imagine what it must have been like on the tour leading up to this.

But as soon as I stepped onto the court for each of my qualifying matches, it wasn't any different. It was all green and white lines, movement and sweat, focus-focus-focus -- it doesn't matter where you are or how many people or watching; it doesn't matter if it's the first serve in a junior high game or championship point in a Grand Slam tournament -- it's still the same game. It's not going anywhere.

And neither am I.

Neither are we. I am so lucky to have friends like I do; so lucky to have these opportunities and this skill and this life. I'm lucky to be here, to breathe every single breath that I do.

Thank you so much to everyone who's supported me this far. I couldn't have done it without you.

It's going to be a great future. ♥
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20 August 2006 @ 03:02 pm
Oh, shit.
The qualifying matches start tomorrow.
Current Mood: angryangry
09 August 2006 @ 10:37 pm
Just a few more days~

And~ got my itinerary finalized! I'll be flying out on the 23rd (just two weeks!), and I'll have just a little time before the qualifying matches begin to recover from the jet lag and get myself warmed up. The real tournament begins on the 28th.

I can't stop thinking about it. I have a chance, a real chance, and this could be the chance, maybe. If I do well here, it puts my name on the international map.

Okay, okay -- I know, I've got to find something else to write about. Masaharu put on this party -- he said for Kaidoh-kun, but I don't know about that -- and that was tons of fun. Dan-kun, I must commend you on your excellent desserts. I'm not going to try to top that, because I know I can't. There's a different skill for everyone, after all ~ baking just isn't one of mine.

I don't think the petting zoo was the best idea, though, Masaharu. Really. Akaya's never going to be able to get that court clean.

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25 July 2006 @ 02:50 am
The US Open Series has already started. I've been catching what I can, at odd hours. And in a month: I'm going to be there. I can't help but think it and get excited. It's going to be amazing, the first step of many, and with someone very special to me at my side ♥

I've decided not to bake anything for the party. It's a favour at least. I'm bringing decorations instead. I'm sure Dan-kun's baking is going to be much more enjoyable for everyone.

I need to know how to counteract brain poison. D:
09 July 2006 @ 11:16 pm
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Watch out, world. ♥
05 July 2006 @ 02:05 am
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[ooc: Viewable to Sanada and Yanagi. Strikes deleted on account of viewability to Sanada.]

[ooc2, edit: I fail at the definition of 'stricken'.]
29 June 2006 @ 11:11 pm
I'm sick of these tournaments. I need to get out there, step it up, make it count. I'm eighteen -- young by regular standards, but by tennis standards? I should be past this by now, even with an illness -- hell, that was four years ago. What am I waiting for? This is ridiculous. A Grand Slam shouldn't be just a dream for me.

Next year, it won't be.

[ooc: someone's been watching Wimbledon and getting kind of crazy. :D;;]
21 June 2006 @ 03:14 pm
I'm glad I got out of the house for a while -- I think I needed it. ^^ The other day -- yesterday? I can't remember, the days all blur together after a while -- Bunta and I took an Adventure! down to the pier. I haven't been there in ages. It's nice to see not much has changed.

I never knew ninjas sold ice cream, though ~ ♥

In the meantime ... I'm getting back onto a regular training schedule, and I'm going to start thinking about competing on a broader scale. I want to see about getting a private coach, again -- we talked about it for a while in junior high, but never really followed through with it. I think it's time to think about it again. ;D

Preferably somewhere I could move into. The way my family's talking, it sounds like That Talk is right around the corner again, and I want to avoid it if possible. >>;
15 June 2006 @ 01:54 am
I'm sorry for none of it -- none of it. And I don't want any of you to try and give me a reason to make me sorry, either. I have no regrets, here, none in this world at all -- there's no room for regrets when you've spent too much time dying. But look at me, look at that -- I'm not dead. I'm not dying. Not anymore, no. And that means that I'm going to make the most of my life, what's been given to me.

If anyone's looking for me for the next few days, I'll be at the university courts.

Akaya, that offer still stands.
07 June 2006 @ 03:21 am
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