I haven’t been home much for the past few months, but I just arrived at my last tournament of the year. The Yonex K&D Graphic USA International Challenge in Orange California. I am in the main draw in all three events. I play against Belgium in singles, and Chinese Taipei in both doubles and mixed.
Due to recent financial challenges I am not playing the Toronto Open in January, so this is my last big tournament until the National Championships in February.
I am very pumped to play. Had a few tough matches in the past few weeks, and some good training. I am on the right track and excited to take steps forward.
You can follow the draws here : https://bwf.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament?id=32085A06-7D4C-45E1-AF4E-989B57508B92
And I will be uploading my matches here : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI8834Clt301lNPF6l9-BQg?view_as=subscriber
You can help support me here on Gofundme : https://www.gofundme.com/f/kevin-barkman-hope-through-sports
Thank You everyone for your support!
Onward and Upward!
There are a lot of people who helped support me on my way to the Yonex US Open Grand Prix Gold. I want to thank all of them, and give a quick update for those interested.
The Yonex US Open ended with losses in the first round of singles, and round of 16 in doubles. The major difference between the US Open and the Canada Open? After my losses I had some very valuable input from people I respect, most notably Toby Ng. Such input in invaluable as someone with experience from the outside looking in can see things that might seem obvious but are often missed by the people stuck in the situation.
For those of you who didn’t keep up to date- in doubles Kyle Golding and I played against a pair from Napel in the first round and won, then got beaten very badly by the number 3 seeded pair from Poland. In singles I lost to India.
I have learned a lot, and even came home with (a very little) prize money.
With that update I say farewell. I have some hill sprints to attend to before the day gets old. Thanks to everyone who is cheering me on and helping me on my way!