The first time I played a tennis match in a year was in 2021, after I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.
I knew it was going to be tough but I had to be patient.
I’m still very lucky to be here in Australia and playing at such a high level, even though it’s not always easy.
It’s been an incredible journey to get here and to get back to the top level.
I don’t want to look back too long.
I want to continue to grow and improve.
There’s not many tennis players in the world that are playing at this level.
It’s one of the reasons why we’re still here.
But when you’re playing at a high standard, you can’t help but be mentally prepared.
The first time that I played was at a Grand Slam tournament in Dubai and I was looking forward to it.
My opponent was a player I hadn’t played against in two years.
He was very strong, but I knew it would be tough for me to keep up with him.
I thought, ‘OK, I’m ready for this’.
I knew I was going in with a plan and I felt really good.
I felt a lot more comfortable after that match.
It was a really great feeling for me.
I have a lot of confidence and I know I can beat anyone.
I know my preparation is good and I’m happy with where I am and where I’m at right now.
But I also know that there’s always room for improvement and I want people to recognise that.
I want to get better every day and hopefully I can be a champion at some point.