I love the two weeks of tennis that come about every June in Wimbledon.
I was bought up watching Wimbledon; my Mom and Dad would often have friends over to watch the finals. I have to admit though, as a teenager, I sometimes found watching tennis a bit boring….I’m embarrassed to say that now, because now, I can’t wait for those two exciting weeks when champions of all ages, and nationalities come together for the most thrilling of competitions.
I take so many life lessons away with me after the two weeks.
Here are 15 lessons about life (and tennis) that I have learned from watching Wimbledon 2013:
1. The first thing is to take it one point, one game, or one match at a time
When Rafa Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon this year in the first round, it would have been easy for Andy Murray to think about winning the final, instead of taking it one match at a time. He focused on every point, on every game and on every match and made it to the final!
2. Play your own game
When Laura Robson was playing Marina Erakovic in the third round, even though she was down a set, she kept playing her own game, waiting for the opportunity to break back, and she did…
3. When someone tries to disrupt your game, keep strong and keep playing, don’t let them stop you, keep coming back to your game
In the Wimbledon final Andy Murray was playing so well that Novak Djokavic was not able to play his A game, however he kept doing what he does and he was up 4/1 in the second set, and 4/2 in the third. He is a great example of someone staying on his game!
4. Standing still will get you nowhere, you have to move your feet, and take action
Andy Murray chased down every single ball in the Wimbledon final and he is a great example of this!
5. Keep cool (if at all possible!)
Andy Murray has improved so much since working with Ivan Lendl. Now he is able to keep cool, keep positive and not let things wind him up.
6. Take opportunities as they arise
With the Laura Robson, Marina Erakovic match Erakovic faltered when she had match point in the second set, that was when Robson took her opportunity and went on to win the match
7. You don’t have to be the best to win, be consistently good. Consistency is what it’s all about.
Sabine Lisicki has had the most amazing Wimbledon, beating both Serena Williams and Radwanska, but her game is not as consistent as it could be yet.
8. Play fearlessly, you never know what you can do!
Steve Darci played the match of his life in the first round of Wimbledon and he beat Rafa Nadal
9. Don’t let the media or the people around you, derail or distract you from your dream.
When Laura Robson won her third round match there was a complete media frenzy after the match and every one wanted to speak to her, however, she didn’t let it distract her, but took her day to recover and get ready for her next match
10. Don’t let the expectations of other people, rule how you live your life
Lots of people have said that Roger Federer should retire from tennis, however, he is living his life on his own terms, and choosing to do things in his own time
11. When you are under too much pressure, you can beat yourself, so you need to learn ways to deal with the pressure
Sabine Lisicki is the best example of this in the Wimbledon Ladies finals
12. If you are on a losing streak, don’t beat yourself up, just keep doing what you do, and be ready when things change
In the Robson, Erakovic match Laura had a terrible first set, and she struggled in the second set, however, she didn’t get down on herself, she just waited until Erakovic had a wobble, and then wham, she got back into the match
13. When you have your moment in the spotlight, take it and enjoy it and even if you don’t win, do the best you can
Kimiko Date-Krumm played Serena Williams in the third round and it was a big match which was watched by the world. Serena Williams was the stronger player, yet Kimiko played her best and she won a lot of fans that day
14. Love what you do, and that passion will take you to the stars
Even though Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova don’t need to play tennis any more, they still do, because they love what they do, and this passion has made them the champions they are today
15. When you face someone who is better than you, use the experience to help inspire you and help you to grow and reach your potential
Andy Murray is a great example of this, he played and then bettered himself, and then played, and then improved, and finally won Wimbledon