I’m back from another whirlwind trip, this time it was to Kuala Lumpur for the 2010 Showdown of Champions, A Night With Aces with Martina Hingis, Ivan Lendl, Pat Cash, Mats Wilander and Goran Ivanisevic. I was so excited about finally playing in Malaysia after being there last November as an ambassador for the event.
After almost 30 hours of traveling it was right off the plane to work. First on the schedule was the press conference and media interviews with all of the players and then from there it was off to a fan meet & greet and autograph signing at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, this was the same shopping center I went to last year for the event launch.
From the Pavilion it was back to the hotel for lunch and a little workout time before the gala in the evening. We all had a lot of fun at dinner. It was great to try out all of the different authentic Malaysian food, and we also got to see all of the traditional Malaysian dancers and a local dance group as part of the entertainment. They were all so talented, I was really impressed
The next morning Ivan and I were the guests at a CEO breakfast forum with the Pintar Foundation where we did a Q & A and mingled with guests. The Pintar Foundation is a program that focuses on developing talent from underprivileged kids. This is a national school adoption program in Malaysia that involves 60,000 students from more than 200 schools with an underprivileged background. It was great to see how much they are doing for these kids and I really learned a lot about their foundation. I met a lot of really great people, and before I knew it, it was time to head to Malawati Stadium to prepare for my match.
Goran and I played mixed doubles against Martina and Pat. It was actually my first time playing with Goran, and I didn’t know he was so funny! As always, we had a blast on the court and the crowd was amazing! It was great to see such a large turnout considering how huge the stadium was! After the match there was a performance by Jay Sean, which unfortunately I was unable attend because I had to catch a 2am flight back to the States.
It was great to return to Malaysia and be able to experience a little more of the culture. I look forward to going back soon!