If I ask the question, "who wants to be really good at tennis?" to a group of tennis players, the majority would raise their hand in agreement. Many of you have heard people ask the following question, "how many are willing to put in the work to be a good tennis player?" This isn't quite accurate in the reality of what competition is like in the tennis world. The better question would be "who is willing to lose the majority of their tennis matches for years before seeing success?" In essence, who has a backbone compared to a wishbone? Let's dive into the amazing career of Roger Federer to make my point...
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In 1998 he lost 3 0f the 4 ATP tournaments he played in the first round.
In 1999 he played 21 ATP tournaments. In those he lost 8 times in the first round and 4 times in the second. He won one challenger event in the entire year.
In 2000 he lost 5 times in a row and then again 7 times in a row. A total of 14 loses in the first round. He even lost to Michael Chang at Halle on grass in the 3rd round. Not a good sign as Chang is known for his clay court expertise.
In 2001 he still lost 6 times in the first round.
In the next few years, the rest was history as they say. Although it's easy to look at his Roger's dominance in the past 15 years, there was a long road he had to go through to get to where he is at. So what is it that gave Roger the ability to get to the next level and become one of the best tennis players of all time? He answered this question recently when asked what was the difference in his training that helped him get to be the oldest #1 player in the world in the history of tennis. His answer wasn't about nutrition or fitness. It was simple; positivity. His team and himself believed in what he can accomplish and that was what allowed him to have the grit and resilience to get to where he's at now. Yes, he did make adjustments along the way but it was his belief through all the tough loses that allowed him to make it.
So now it's your turn to look in the mirror. Do you have what it takes to suffer though loses to ultimately improve? it is not an easy answer as the tough matches you would have to endure to improve would make you vulnerable to your weaknesses and let's face it, who likes to lose in the first place? Use Roger's story to motivate you to persevere and make those needed adjustments to keep improving your game. It makes those victories that much sweeter!
I'm heading to Spain for a week to train in Madrid! What can I ask the players there that you would like to know that might help you improve your game? Please comment on the video below to help me get a list of questions to ask! Thank you!