Quest to Qualify with Irina Falconi: Waking up in Paris

Follow American Irina Falconi in this “Quest to Qualify” player blog as she competes in Europe, and now, the French Open qualifying. Currently ranked No. 135 in singles and 72 in doubles, she is 10-2 in her career in Grand Slam qualifying and looking for another main draw berth in Paris this week. (Catch Parts 123, and 4, and follow her on Twitter @IrinaFalconi)

That awkward moment when you wake up, and have a mini heart attack because you don’t recognize your environment.

Yeah, that happens to me nearly every single week. I have now not only gotten used to having these little attacks, but have decided to embrace them. They represent the fact I get to travel to really awesome places and stay in cool hotels, so I can’t really complain in the end. 🙂

Anyway, bonjour everyone! Salutations, greetings, and a cold welcome from Paris, France. Oh yes, not warm, but cold. Very, very, very cold and rainy. Come on mother nature, we are going into June next week! What’s going on?! I mean, I brought a bathing suit for crying out loud. Even a dress! But a dress is unheard of in this weather. What I really should have brought was my winter jacket. I mean, no joke.

Granted, I’m a warm body. I thrive with the heat and avoid cold weather at all costs. I can handle cold weather when well prepared, but I was not prepared for this kind of chilly weather in Paris. Allez Paris, come on and bring on the heat!

I got into Paris yesterday afternoon, which was Sunday, if you’re keeping track. I took a pleasant and quick flight from Prague to Paris — as one does — and then had a nice cab ride to my hotel. Luckily, I had put my sister’s name on the reservation, so I was able to go straight to the room and find her all showered, hungry, and ready for Paris!

We decided on a cute little Italian place that gave us just what we wanted, and provided us with awesome service. We clinked glasses (water, don’t worry) to our first night in Paris, and then called it a night.

Today was a bit uneventful but relaxing. Though early, I had sorted practice for 9 am and it was one of the best decisions ever. Why? Because at 10:03 am, right when we finished, it started raining. I’m writing this at 5:30 pm, and guess what, IT’S STILL RAINING!!!!

Irina Falconi practicing prior to her French Open start

Probably going to enjoy the local French cuisine for dinner tonight, and once again, call it an early night.

Tomorrow, the men’s qualifying starts so we will definitely go and support our American boys that are all competing for main draw berths. Let’s go USA! Git ‘er dun in Paris, oui!