Tennis and my passion for this sport
Tennis is a game of skill and talent. One needs to be adroit to play this sport professionally. People don’t play sport because it is fun. Ask an athlete, most of us hate training. We play the sport because we can’t imagine our life without it. It is a part of us, the love/ hate relationship. It is what we live for. We live for the practices, the travel, the countless pair of different types of shoes and the appreciation of our coaches. We live for the way it feels when we beat an opponent, to be tentative of your opponent’s strategies and knowing that those two extra sprints that we ran in practice were worth it. We live for the countless number of songs that we sing in our head while training all those hours. We live for the competition, the memories, and the pain. This is who we are. This is who I am. I have been playing tennis for 10 years and I turned a professional tennis player in 2011. My highest ranking was #15 in Asia and amongst the top 5 in my country. Tennis court is a place where I can be myself. For me tennis is not just a sport where you hold a racket and hit a ball, it is way more than that. It is something I live for, something I dream about, something that makes me a better person off court. Tennis taught me that one shouldn’t be over emotional because people tend to take advantage of your weakness. It made me a stolid person. Anyone under the guise of friendship can betray you. They may seem amicable, but can put you in jeopardy. This may lead to insidious effect of stress and pressure on the tennis player. I still remember the day when I won my first tennis match, I was so delighted. For me it was not just winning a first round it was an inspiration of playing the sport day in and day out, working hard and giving my 100 percent all the time. Winning and losing is part of the game, but it depends on us how we deal with it. I have been taught that when you want success as badly as you want...
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