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Tennis, Wimbledon & Hewitt


Tennis

Tennis is an exceptional and incredible sport that contains many lifetime lessons. It is a sport where you can grow mentally, physically and spiritually while inspiring you to face confrontations and challenges in the game.  As you are willing to face them with passion, strength and courage, victory will be inevitable.

This is a fervent game that displays your talent and is a sport which teaches you to believe in yourself as you deliver your skill in the court. It will also help you learn that winning is not everything it is the fight that matters. The game demonstrates how to analyze the moment, how to respond to the situation swiftly, and to rely on your strengths when faced with obstacles and pressure.

It greatly helps you to learn and understand your abilities on concentration, gamesmanship, knowing and breaking bad habits, learning to trust yourself on the court, enhancing your strong points and awareness.

In this way, the game of tennis can help build character, and will lead to a good performance, thereby enjoying the game with passion.

Andre Agassi

 “It’s no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games, become sets, become tournaments, and it’s all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest or darkest. It’s our choice.”

Wimbledon

The Wimbledon Championships is an annual British tennis tournament created in 1877 and played on outdoor grass courts at the “All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club” (AELTC) in the Wimbledon suburb of London, United Kingdom. The Gentlemen’s Singles was the first event contested in 1877.

This event is scheduled for 14 days, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.  Traditionally, there is no play on the “Middle Sunday”, which is considered a rest day.  Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.  In 2009, Wimbledon’s Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain.

If there is a bet among you all on Wimbledon – you could start watching them play the warm up matches for your guesses. The play is now under way on all 16 courts.

So all you Tennis lovers out there, who do you think will be the Champion for 2015.

I think, after making a review of the Champions from 2001 – 2015, it would probably be any of these names: Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, among the women Venus Williams, Serene Williams, Maria Sharapova, Marion Bartoli, Petra Kvitova.

 

Let’s look at Lleyton Hewitt:

 

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt

 Lleyton Hewitt is the youngest male ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, at the age of 20.  His most notable career achievements include winning the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men’s singles titles, the 2000 US Open men’s doubles title, and back-to-back Tennis Masters Cup (now called the ATP World Tour Finals) titles in 2001 and 2002. Hewitt made it to the finals of the 2004 US Open, wherein he was defeated by Roger Federer. He has contested 19 consecutive Australian Open men’s singles tournaments, including making it to the 2005 final where he was defeated by Marat Safin.

Hewitt is seen as a dedicated, almost obsessive athlete.  He loves the world he lives in and is a humanitarian and has great passion to see the world as a better place for all to live in. He is a middle ground specialist, one can say, as the talent to settle clashes emerges wherever necessary.  He is socially conscious and is compatible with others, a family-oriented man as well.

In sports Hewitt is a belligerent player, as no one does battle quite as fiercely as this Australian tennis star. He is unwaveringly intense. In all of the years of playing tennis, he seems to have spent more time in the hospitals than in the Court with his long list of injuries. He has moved from one potentially career ending surgery, to another and has had recurring problems with his hip, shoulder, foot and hamstring, and he has scarcely played a full season in the last decade.  If there was any other player so physically challenged in a sport as competitive as tennis, he would have easily settled for a commonplace.

The question is why must he spend hours trying to accomplish something? Why must he break his back trying to do things that he wasn’t even supposed to do?  But here came Hewitt’s diligence as he picked up his racquet and kept swinging, and smoothening his technique, kept dashing all over the court trying to perfect, striking shots on the run creating newer skills. The amazing thing about him is he never gave up – he kept trying.

With one eye firmly fixed on the future, Hewitt has already started grooming a generation of Australian successors he hopes will emulate his mighty deeds. Such miraculous comebacks were the norm for Hewitt in his glory days, when his body could keep up with his mind. But what makes his career even more special is the way he continues to punch above his weight, even as he’s gone well into his 30’s.

Hewitt has frequently been called the most determined player to ever pick up a racquet and let go of his nerve to get it striking. His life inspires other, not so intelligent tennis players, to remember that it is possible to achieve success without being naturally gifted.  He has achieved countless victories over bigger opponents with impossibly long matches that have ended past midnight. His life’s motto is “Get the job done” and going about doing his job was never mundane or drab for Hewitt.

“The last couple of months I’ve gone as hard as I can to put the miles in my legs to be as fit as possible. By now, the training is pretty much done. There’s not a lot of hard training you can do.” Hewitt said before the Brisbane International Tennis.

Unseeded in Brisbane, Hewitt could face a top – 20 player first up or the man he defeated last year to win the title, top seed Roger Federer who gets a first-round bye, as early as the second round.

 

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“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “Every match, all five rounds are going to be tough and it doesn’t matter who you come up against.”

Hewitt is embarking on a prolonged goodbye tour before retiring after next year’s Australian Open and he was hoping for one last hurrah on his final visit to the Wimbledon warm-up event.  But the injury-ravaged 34-year-old, making his 16th appearance at a tournament he describes as one of his favorites, is ranked 100 places below the big-serving Anderson and he was unable to bridge that class gap in a hard-fought first round clash.