Daniel Phillips will apply the same approach and mindset that brought him titles in Aruba and Bahamas when he plays in his next tournament in Jamaica starting on Monday.
Phillips, 13, won under-14 titles at TIHTA Aruba Tournament and the Junkanoo Bowl in Nassau, Bahamas this week. Now he is hoping to make it three straight titles when he plays in the Jamaica Junior tournament in Kingston starting on Monday.
“I feel like going into Jamaica will be like Aruba and Bahamas, focusing on my routine but also giving respect to coach Sam [Maybury] which he deserves,” Phillips said yesterday.
“After all, he is doing all this for me which means I need to respect him the hardest and do whatever he says.
“Going down to the tennis courts over there, I feel like I’m going to need to acclimatise really fast because the wind over there is going to be stronger than any country I’ve played in so far.
“That’s not a bad thing, it just means I’m going to have to focus a lot more.
“I feel like the food and the culture is going to be real nice because in Jamaica I believe they have the freshest seafood and vegetables.”
Phillips, a student at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Majorca, has lived up to his top billing with some impressive performances. After Jamaica, he will travel to Dominican Republic to compete in the Copa Merangue from July 16 to 22.
“I felt that in the tennis matches I had an advantage with my experience of travelling around,” Phillips said. “I feel I had an advantage from seeing new places and how people play and that is what helped give me the upper hand against my opponents.
“No matter what, I need to give 110 per cent and keep fighting for the points even when losing in the first or second sets. In doubles, you can’t play like you do in the singles because you have a team-mate and you need to trust your team-mate and play with him, not against him.
“It’s you and him against the other two people on the court.”