Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:50

Some Personal News About Myself & College Tennis Today

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When I first started College Tennis Today three years ago I wasn't really sure how much content I'd be able to produce due to my son, 2 1/2 at the time, being my main priority during the day. I had a few small windows of free time here and there but by and large I did most of my writing at night which on many occasions turned into late-night. Once my son started going to preschool my free time increased which meant I was able to spend more time diving into the numbers and analyzing stats and rankings and whatnot. During the dual-match portion of the season if I had a free minute I was updating something on the site or preparing something for later because I wanted to make sure the site was as current as it could possibly be.

In the summer of 2016 my wife and I found out that we were going to have a second child, also a boy, with a February 2017 arrival. I knew my workload at home was about to increase exponentially but I figured I'd still be able to find the time to churn out content on a near-daily basis during the summer and fall. I held my own, for the most part, over the last several months but as you've probably noticed the number of blog entries has dropped a good bit recently. The little guy is mobile now plus he likes to wake up at 6 a.m. which has meant my free time during the day has dwindled and I just don't have enough steam left to do much work at night.  

Another big personal change that will take place in the next few weeks will be a relocation of the Knight Family from St. Louis to London. My wife was presented with a fantastic opportunity by her employer so for the next three years we will become residents of the United Kingdom. For anyone that has ever moved before you know how strenuous it can be but this move across the ocean is going to be extremely taxing. Not only do we have to pack up our belongings but we also have to get rid of our cars, get passports for the kids, set up visas, set up schooling for our oldest, sell our house in St. Louis and find a place to live in London, and then once we're there we'll have to adapt to a new culture - plus we'll have to hope our 10-month old is fairly civil on the eight-hour flight. 

With a five-hour time difference between the east coast and an eight-hour difference between the west coast following the college tennis news cycle is going to be harder plus the night matches in the US will be middle of the night matches in the UK. 

Due to these changes I've decided that I'm going to significantly cut back the amount of content on the site in 2018. I'm still going to follow college tennis as closely as I can but I just won't have the time to write about it as frequently. 

I want to thank everyone that subscribed to College Tennis Today in 2017. The subscriber numbers met my expectations but due to the upcoming reduction in content I'm going to suspend my subscription service in 2018. I will cancel the automatic payments for all monthly subscribers while most of the yearly subscriptions are set to expire in the next month or so. If you are a subscriber and have any questions you can reach me via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

While the timing of this announcement isn't the best, with the dual-match season about to begin, I thought it was better to do it before the move to London. Best of luck to everyone in the new year and I'll try not to be a stranger!!

 

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8 comments

  • Comment Link Martyn Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:09 posted by Martyn

    Congrats to your family in the new opportunity.

  • Comment Link Carlo Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:16 posted by Carlo

    It has been a pleasure following you. You did an excellent job being informative and supportive of college tennis. I am sure you will enjoy London. And warm beer.

  • Comment Link Russ Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:09 posted by Russ

    I will miss you! Good luck and have fun in London.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fun-in-london/78785785?i=78785742

    Great jazz from Eddie (cleanhead) Vinson

  • Comment Link John Cobb Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:58 posted by John Cobb

    Thanks Bobby. You were the best delivering the news of college tennis. Good luck in the U.K. Go Dawgs

  • Comment Link Alison Cash Friday, 22 December 2017 17:42 posted by Alison Cash

    Congratulations on the move. I've loved your blog. My son is a Brit playing college tennis & we've learnt a lot from following you. I hope you and your family enjoy the UK ?

  • Comment Link Devin Bowen Friday, 22 December 2017 17:51 posted by Devin Bowen

    Thank you Bobby, I loved reading your content over the years. Best of luck in the UK.

  • Comment Link Tom G. Saturday, 23 December 2017 01:29 posted by Tom G.

    Your kids may get to learn tennis in Europe, if they start young, which a nice opportunity. We just moved to Italy in August and find that junior tennis is somewhat different than in the states but better. You could probably moonlight over here as a college tennis consultant to the multiple groups that sell such services. If you get a chance to get out to some high level junior tournaments, you could also probably provide some scouting services to U.S. college coaches. Cheers!

  • Comment Link Clark Thursday, 04 January 2018 09:58 posted by Clark

    Better start studying the language now so you won't be lost when you get there. :-)

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