Everyball Players compete in Europe and Asia on the ITF Junior Tour.Tor Pisani writes about her first ever ITF match - Grade 4 in Andorra, Spain over the weekend: Second match on centre court against a Spanish girl also without a ranking (ITF). After a close first set, with very short rallies and far too many unforced errors on my part, she took it 7-6. Realising that I needed to make more balls, make her play, and generally take it to her helped me to take the second set comfortably 6-1. So nearly two hours on court and we were heading in to the third. I got off to a very good start, went up a break straight away and started taking control. She was losing it mentally and not long after I was 5-1 up and she was serving to stay in it. An awesome service game on her part and I was serving for the match. I wasn't feeling at all nervous. Much. A tight, sloppy service game and it was 5-3. A quick glance at phil sitting in the stands and a little encouragement (not coaching!!) was enough- a solid service game and I took the match. Woop woop!! Katy Dunne wins first round of Thailand Grade 2 but loses a tough second round against seeded player Katharina Lenhert from Germany in 3 sets - still in the doubles. Alex Clark won her first round against a tough Czech opponent today at a Grade 4 in the Netherlands - going strong and has to play her doubles partner tomorrow in second round.
Did you know that Darwin and Tolstoy were considered ordinary children? That Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers of all time, was completely uncoordinated as a child? That the photographer Cindy Sherman, who has been on virtually every list of the most important artists of the twentieth century, failed her first photography course? That Geraldine Page, one of our greatest actresses, was advised to give it up for lack of talent? (Mindset, Dr. Carol Dweck)A person's true potential is unknown and it's impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training. Let's just focus on that word 'toil' for a moment. I think toil is linked with 'error' and 'failure', two words that seem to carry negative connotation. But can we see error and failure in a different light? Can we actually turn them into a gift? We believe that intellectual and physical skills can be developed through effort, so let's not be discouraged by failure, let's not even think we are failing, but instead let's think we are learning and through our errors and failures, 'scaffolding' ourselves up to higher levels. That's why we 'fight for every ball' - the language of 'effort' helps us to identify with the ground level struggle of failing, correcting, trying again, failing, correcting..... The philosophy of 'Everyball' (and the name given to our Academy at Halton Tennis Centre) is a call to arms, a philosophy to inspire greater effort, deeper practice and improved performance both on and off the court. As everyball players we fight with our heads, hearts and legs. We make smart decisions and play with purpose and clear intention, we are courageous, resolute and determined, and we have the physical condition to run every last ball down. As performers we seek to live up to our own expectations under pressure, and we understand that our 'potential' is our capacity to develop our skills with effort over time (see Mindset again). As everyball people we seize each day with integrity, courage and creativity. We seek to embrace discomfort and we take each day as an opportunity to grow and improve, meeting head-on the full range of life experience.