It came down to the VERY LAST MINUTE. I have been very stressed lately about many things in my life but at the top of my list was the fact that I had planned for attending the World Tour Finals this year since I came back from London last year. Except that I hadn’t gotten my UK visa. I waited and waited and waited and waited until I finally got it YESTERDAY, meaning 3 days before I was supposed to fly. Today, with 2 days to go, I have my plane tickets in hand which means, unless something else goes wrong (please no!!!) I will actually be on my way to London 48 hours from now!
Not all FedFans are created equal and I am from a country where waiting to get a visa to the Western world is like waiting for Roger to convert breakpoints. And more often than not, in the case of visas, the conversion rate is 0%. So I know how lucky I am to have finally gotten it knowing today was D-Day and I would have cancelled everything today. I am beyond stressed trying to pack and get ready for this ‘sudden’ trip. I have tickets for the first 6 days of the World Tour Finals and might end up getting tickets to the SFs and Final although at this point, I need to get ready to fly first, while finishing up last minute duties at work.
This post probably doesn’t make much sense because I am running around like a headless chicken. But in the midst of other not-so-good things in my life, the fact that this came through means I will at least be able to enjoy tennis again. It was getting really painful watching the past few tournaments knowing what I was about to miss despite my meticulous planning (and ridiculous saving) for a full year. I hope now it’s a bit clearer as to why I didn’t feel like writing about tennis the past few weeks.
For those that don’t need to worry about those pesky things called ‘visas’ let me tell you how frustrating they are. Even though I did everything properly, once I submitted my application it was always going to come down to luck. At that point it’s out of our hands and all we can do is wait. Last year, I got my visa in 7 days but Roger made me wait till days 3 days before I was going to fly to ensure that he would have a spot in London. This year Roger booked his place way in advance, but I had to wait 57 days from the time I completed my visa application till 3 days before my flight (again!) for my visa to come through. So in case you are wondering why I didn’t share my London news before now, it’s because it wasn’t confirmed until TODAY. *sigh*
I hope from now till London I get no more surprises or last minute changes because I don’t think I will be able to handle it. A very big thank you to Efie and Natasja who know what I went through. They virtually held my hand and motivated me throughout the process and especially the last 2 weeks when I kept breaking down in frustration. Neither of them stopped hoping and I think that helped because I had practically no hope left of my own. I hope I get to see you both and give you real hugs for once!
That’s it from me. Keep cheering for Roger! Doesn’t matter if we don’t get the #1 ranking, be amazed at the fact that we were THAT close to it given what happened last year. I hope he wins the Fan Favorite this time too, his brilliant 2014 deserves some love. Allez Maestro!