I’ve been thinking about this: What’s next? I do not know, but I am optimistic. I expect it’s going to take some risk to win again. Heck, it’s gonna take some risk to lose again. Taking risk takes two things: fearlessness and focus. Fearlessness. What is it? I’ll tell you what it’s not. It’s not […]


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Federer, Armstrong and Loving Life

by Heather Hughes on August 29, 2012

Roger Federer is one champion to emulate. He shrugs off losing and relishes winning. He never stops competing to win, no matter how many times he has won. That may sound strange, but many a former player has commented on Federer’s hunger to win despite accomplishing more on the court than perhaps any other male […]


There’s so much time left. That’s a paraphrase of what Chris Evert said when Kerber was down 3-5 in the third set to Lisiki, and Lisiki was serving to win the Wimbledon quarterfinals. (Kerber won by the way, and it wasn’t pretty.) Evert is a champion who sees space between spaces, each stroke within each […]


All Things Excellent: Sebastian Nadal, Son Rafa and Seven French Open Titles

June 13, 2012

I was deeply touched by Sebastian Nadal’s visceral response to his son’s win at this week’s French Open. The father showed ebullient happiness and love for his son Rafael, who had just won his record-setting seventh French Open title. Even if the stats made it seem that Rafa was certain to win in Paris – […]

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Hail The Nemesis: Why Competition is Good

April 3, 2012
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I was brought up to compete against no one but myself, to measure all effort and output against my own potential for excellence. It is a great way to live, and I certainly recommend it. Being concerned or even distracted by another’s performance seems like that, a distraction. But it is clear to me that […]

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