Young Australian tennis player Matthew Ebden says he is confident that his disappointing first round loss at Roland Garros is fantastic preparation for a disappointing first round loss at Wimbledon in a couple of weeks.
"I don't think anything outside of bad match play can truly prepare you for more bad match play," he told thebladder.com.
"I'm confident that after losing in straight sets to German Philipp Kohlschreiber at the French, I'm completely ready to inexplicably fall in straight sets to a qualifier at Wimbledon.
"All going well, I'll polish my preparation by losing in the second round at Queens," the South African-born Perth player said. "Or I might lose in the first round at Halle. I haven't decided my schedule yet."
Ebden's coach, Lleyton Roche, said he was thrilled with his charge's meek offering in Paris, and was confident he was set to repeat the performance at the All-England Club.
"We train ineffectually for months leading into the European summer season, so that players like Ebden are able to adjust their crap game from clay to grass for maximum disappointment for Aussie tennis fans.
"It's all part of a grand Australian heritage, going back to Johan Anderson, Simon Youl, and even Josh Eagle."