Life And Tennis

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Do you think it is weird that I very often compare life to a tennis match? Well, you probably don’t really know that just yet. I do! I think they have quite a bit in common.

I love the sport of tennis. I love watching it and I do love playing it. I love players like Roger Federer, who not only are extremely talented but also great personalities and amazing characters.

I guess I started thinking about this again now because my favorite tournament of the year is coming up. The Australian Open.

But it is not just players like him, who clearly were able to make a career out of what they like to do best. There are so many others, who are trying hard each and every day. It is like in every job. You try, you fail, you try again, you loose again. And then maybe one day you win. And then might win again and finally be able to make that step up the ladder. if you are lucky, you will manage to stay up there. Maybe it is not all the way on the top, but still far enough. Or maybe you will find yourself tumbling and falling again.

I very often compare life to a match of tennis. I think we can actually take a lot out of it. One of the players I admire as well is Lleyton Hewitt. For different reasons. He is not as talented as Federer. But that guy sure knows how to fight and how not to give up and how to proof everyone wrong over and over again.

Now put two players on a court. Say we take Federer and Hewitt. They play, they fight, they struggle, they cheer, they win and loose points. And although Federer might be the favorite in this match, the match will never be won before the last point is played.

And that is what I take out of a tennis match, out into real life.

It is all up to you. You can go out there and play and maybe you play your best game ever but against and opponent who is just from another world. Now you have two choices. You either give up and play along for as long as you have to and eventually loose.

Or you fight. And you play. And you try as hard as you can. Most of all, you never give up believing in yourself and in the fact that you can win the next point and maybe the next game. And like this you will get step by step closer to winning the match.

Because a match is not over until this one last point is played, no matter how far you are behind. If you manage to stay in the game and give your best and keep believing you can turn the result around and stun everyone by being the underdog who wins it.

Game, Set and Match πŸ˜‰

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34 thoughts on “Life And Tennis

  1. I am playing my tennis match , may be I’m not so excellent in playing it but I will learn and practice and win the game πŸ˜€ I boosted up my spirit reading your post, thank you. ❀

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  2. I love tennis too! Australian Open month was my favorite month growing up living in Australia. In fact, my husband proposed in Melbourne right before we went to watch evening matches at the Aussie Open.

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    • I would love to hear that story about you and your husband. Maybe it would be a nice story for my feature couples? Can’t wait for the Aussie Open to begin, it is and always was my favorite Grand Slam. Sorry for this late reply, your comment went to my spam folder…

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      • I never got to watch matches when we lived in the US because the time zone difference was not at all conducive to watching. It’s not as enjoyable to me these days because I barely recognize any of the players anymore. I need to commit to it this year and see if I can revive my love for it.

        Couples story? Yeah, sure. I would love to participate in the future. The month of January is crazy for us (my in-laws are still here and don’t leave until early Feb). Perhaps I can write one by April (which is our wedding anniversary month). Thanks for considering our story!

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  3. I used to play tennis, back in my freshman year of high school. Now I prefer table tennis. Also known as ping pong. I’m absolutely terrible at it, but besides field hockey, it’s the only sport with a ball involved that I can stand.
    I tend to think of life as more like a board game…

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  4. It’s definitely not weird! Writers often get our most vivid imagery and metaphors from the things we know best. Two of my favorites are sailing and horseback riding — which are similar in important ways. In both, the human is trying to persuade an entity (the wind or the horse) much stronger than herself to do what she wants. Brute force is out of the question. She needs to persuade the power to take her where she wants to go. The images you draw on can take you deeper into whatever you’re writing about.

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  5. I think that any time we do our best without giving in to the urge to quit, whichever side of the contest we end up on, were still walking away winners. But that’s because I’ve always felt that the real contest is the one that’s against myself, and I only use that one if I ever give up.

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