It is with much sadness that I inform you my scheduled challenge match with tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands has been postponed. In case you’re not up-to-speed with the story, Mattek-Sands was upset with my criticism of her during Wimbledon. The 30th ranked woman in the world flagged me down on twitter and challenged me to a tennis match, saying “put up or shut up.” You can read about the entire story here.
We had planned to play next week at the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California, but that has been postponed. Bethanie’s shoulder, which has been bothering her the past few months, began acting up again during practice this week. She decided not to play in the Carlsbad tournament but she plans to play in Toronto and Cincinnati before heading to the U.S. Open.
The news of her injury comes as a great disappointment. I’ve spent the past month training for the match, practicing my game and working on my cardio. I was in tip-top shape and my skills were sharp, so the time off is going to be a killer.
So what happens now?
I’ll be waiting to hear from Bethanie about a better time to play the match. She is working on plans to run a tennis camp in Arizona in December. She may also run a camp in California in November. If she’s able to organize one in California, that would be an excellent opportunity to make it happen.
So yes, I’m every bit as disappointed by this as you are. We’ll keep you updated over the next few months to let you know when it will happen, and rest assured I’ll be ready to kick some butt.
Brown Bag it, Baby
Oh yeah, also take a listen to my interview with Marcas and Cacique from New Era Radio. My segment starts at the midway point and we talk mostly baseball.