Maria Sharapova was recently quoted as saying: "You don't get from the first step to the 30th step in one jump. I have always said it's a long journey, and there's going to be.....there have been tough moments. There's going to be good moments ahead, plenty of good ones that I'm going to cherish - I really have no doubt in that. That's why I go out and I keep working.'
Rain sends play indoors last week at the LTA pre-qualifying event for Wimbledon.
James Gammell (Everyball) and Adam Chan (Everyball) - 18&U Boys Runners-up
Gavin Mckinlay (Everyball) and Rebecca Tricks - 18&U Mixed Runners-up
Gavin Mckinlay - 18&U Boys Singles Winner
James Gammell - 18&U Boys Runner-up
Adam Chan - 16&U Boys Winner
Oliver Levi and Thomas Schmidt (Everyball) - 14&U Boys Doubles Runners-up
Holly Hutchinson (Everyball) - 14&U Girls Winner
Scarlett Hutchinson (Everyball) - 10&U and 9&U Girls Runner-up
Ben Smith (Everyball and Great Missenden) - 10&U Boys Winner and 9&U Boys Runner-up
Boys 16&U Winner Adam Chan celebrating with his younger brother Alex!Congratulations also to the following players who competed in the LTA National Spring Clay courts: Sam Gough, Barney Smith, Michael Shaw, Oscar Glenister, Jack Malloy - 12&U Boys
Lauren Armstrong - 10&U Girls (finalist)
Lara Hill - finished 6 out of 16
Lara Hill with her 'best bud' in tennis pose after Spring Nationals at Queenswood SchoolElsewhere, JJ Clark and Seb Harris got to the final of the Heron Open in Newquay and Katy Dunne lost in the final of the Grade 2 ITF I8&U world ranking event
in Budapest, Hungary. Her run to the final takes her to the brink of a top 100 junior world ranking. Great job done by all and to those players who may have not hit the headlines but put in their own 'personal bests' during this recent competitive period. At EBI we 'fit in' by the high levels of effort and attitude seen on the training and match court and the levels of respect and humility off them.
It is no longer a question of 'standing out' by these things, but whether or not we 'fit in' by them.
A good teacher helps them solve their problems,
A great teacher puts problems in front of them. At the top level of sport these are the most pertinent questions: How hard are you willing to push yourself? Who can put up with the most pain? (Be that mental or physical) The challenge then for us as coaches and parents is in our ability to expose youngsters to difficulty; enough to move them
out of their comfort zone and into the learning zone, but not so much as to move them through the learning zone and into the panic zone
where retreat rather than growth is the likely response.
The opening line to the book 'A Road Less Traveled' by Scott Peck reads something like 'life is difficult'. He goes on to explore the idea that once you accept this as a truth, it becomes easier. Accept it and then you can deal with it.Carlo Ancelotti, the what looks like to be 'outgoing manager' of Chelsea Football club was quote today in the Times as saying, 'When we were winning 6-0 at the start of the season, I said that the difficult moment would arrive and when it did, we couldn't manage it'. Interesting that he didn't say 'if' the difficult moment arrives, he said 'when'. That is sport, that is life. On this occasion, Chelsea and Carlo didn't come up with the answers, but the only failure will be if they don't learn from the experience. Sometimes our ability to respond is just not good enough, but don't worry, there's always another day, another match, another difficult moment around the corner to test us yet again. That's really the beauty of it. An inspired man once wrote, 'suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope'.
2. The results you are getting are the results you should be getting
3. If you want to change your results, you'd better do something different So often I hear players, managers, coaches in post-match interviews saying, 'We should have won, we/I were the better team/player on the day.' NO, NO and NO again. You were beaten, you were not the better player on the day. That's why we have a scoring system in sport and a winner and a loser. Your opponent had every right to fight, to give 100% effort, to make life difficult for you, to ride their luck, and if you lost, it's the score that suggests who was best on the day. Fantastic match though - we had friends round to dinner and I switched the TV off at a set and 2-2 in the second, anticipating it would be over by the time we had eaten. Not so, hour and a half later and we enjoyed the rest of the match from 4-4 in the third. 38 matches and counting for Djokovic - Nadal today, I wonder if he'll have the legs for it.......
Just watched the Barcelona v Real Madrid Champion's league Semi Final first leg. Drama for mostly the wrong reasons as so often seems the case in football nowadays, but there was a moment I really enjoyed. Real had a free kick some distance out. The camera focused in for a split second onto the Barca goalie Victor Valdes. His face told a wonderful story - one of him wanting the ball, relishing the opportunity to be involved in the game and to show what he could do. It was a face of excitement, one of 'this is my moment' and I'm ready!The best performers want the ball, whether it was Michael Jordan with a last second jump shot to win the NBA title, Pete Sampras throwing down the gauntlet to Andre Agassi with another ace, or indeed Lionel Messi putting Real Madrid out of their misery with a mazy 30-yard run and finish in the closing stages of tonight's game. When the big moments arrive, do you?