Thomas Carter touched down in Cochabamba, Bolivia today and gave us the scoop on his experience as the Tour put boots on the ground for the first ever Bolivia Grand Slam.
“Hey everyone! Today we arrived in Cochabamba for the first ever IRT Grand Slam in Bolivia. For many of us players, it was a long trip to get here. My trip started out in Chicago, and from there I flew to New York, and then Miami where I met up with a group of other IRT players. From there, we were all on the same flight to Santa Cruz and then finally Cochabamba. In total my trip took a little over 24 hours from door to door. This was also the case for many of the players. But we are here now, and we are excited for the tournament to start!
Once we arrived, there was a bus that met us outside the airport to take us to our hotel. Along with the bus were tournament officials to greet us and also a handful of news reporters. It was a short bus ride to the hotel, and on the way we also saw billboards advertising the tournament. It was pretty cool to see how seriously they take racquetball over here in Bolivia. We then checked into the hotel, got a bite to eat, then headed over to the club to hit for a little. The club is incredibly nice! In total, the club has 12 courts, two of which are show courts with stadium seating. After a little practice, we headed back to the hotel for some rest.
To end the night, we headed to the opening ceremonies. The Bolivians were very welcoming. Lots of fans attended, and the ceremony consisted of dancing performances, music, fireworks, and more. After that, we went back to the hotel. Matches start in the morning so it’s time for bed.”