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I wasn't sure if I should call this a summer update or spring: it is June, after all, but I've just arrived in London and it's hard to say that it's summer!
Everyone is telling me what terrible weather it's been in England lately: I hope it improves in time for the grass court season but it doesn't look very promising.
Mind you, it wouldn't feel like England if it was amazing sunshine every day: I have become used to this weather during all the trips I've made here since I was a junior.
The French Open was a frustrating tournament for me: I played some great tennis for two-and-half matches but I feel like I missed an opportunity. On the positive side I take confidence from the good tennis I played and I feel like I'm not too far away from putting it all together in a tournament and going far.
Maybe the biggest improvement I've made in the past year has been with my serve and that's obviously very important for the grass. Serving well and being able to stay low on the ball in the rallies are two of the keys to success on this surface. I guess you can say that patience is also very important, because you do have to put up with a lot of rain delays, as we did in Birmingham last year.
One of the highlights of the summer, off the court, is the player party on Thursday before Wimbledon begins. It's held at the Roof Gardens in London and it's a beautiful location, but it's an outdoor venue and when it rains, the indoor areas get so packed.
Unfortunately this was the case last year: it was hard to move, so I went home early. The year before, I stayed almost till they closed!
This summer is going to be quite strange, playing at Wimbledon twice in the same month, for two huge tournaments. To be honest I don't know what to expect from the Olympics: I've been told that the site will quite different from the Wimbledon tournament.
I'm excited by the challenges ahead. I'm definitely moving in the right direction and hopefully I can make a big impact here.