May 27, 2012

THINGS TENNIS TAUGHT ME // EARN IT

Awhile back, I posted a little essay about my life through tennis.  I alluded that I may or may not share a few of the tidbits that tennis taught me over the years.  Because the French Open starts today, I thought it might be fitting to share an aforementioned tidbit.

Rafael Nadal, photo here


Without further ado...

Tennis taught me that it feels exponentially better to earn something rather than have it handed to you.  I have won matches both ways.  There are very few of those giveaway matches that stick in my mind.  I have more than a handful of stories to tell about the matches that I had to fight for.  The match that my high school coach compared to weaving a noose around my opponents neck, because of its sheer ridiculousness in length. The marathon match of 14 tiebreakers that lead to my first tournament victory and a storm-the-courts situation from my team. The match that I lost while giving my top-seeded opponents a near heart attack and taking them to a tiebreaker. That match was memorable, and not solely because it was the last match of my career but because of the elation and pride that I felt for making them work for their success.

Tennis taught me that hard work does pay off eventually, if not immediately.  The wins that come from doing the time, from being a work horse, from slaving away - well, those are the best wins of all.  Does this adage ring true for you?

2 comments:

  1. i feel the exact way about swimming!

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    1. who knew all of that fun was actually teaching us something!

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