Last Wednesday, we visited Wimbledon to see the British Johanna Konta (born to Hungarian parents!) to play the Puerto Rican Mónica Puig on No.1 Court. This would have been our first ever tennis experience thanks to a dear friend who surprised us with two tickets.
However we didn’t see one single tennis ball yet alone actual players or a match because of the lovely British weather. We didn’t let he dull weather dampen our spirits and had a jolly good time on the grounds and enjoyed a nice lunch and some Kentish strawberries and cream in the exclusive British Tennis Suite, with a bit of celeb spotting (Claire Baldwin looked lovely … J)
Little did we know then, but had we had a ticket for Centre Court, we could’ve seen what we only heard from the distance: The epic clash between the British Marcus Willis, World number 772! and Mr Roger Federer himself, World number 3.
It was described as a David and Goliath-esque battle. The two players could not be more different. One is a multimillionaire sporting legend; the other still lives at home with his parents and only earned £220 in prize money so far in 2016.
Willis had walked out for his epic debut wearing a broad grin as if he couldn’t quite believe he was there. Obviously, a dream-come-true for him.
I watched the match from home later the day and found it truly inspiring. There is so much we can all learn from Marcus, and here are my personal take-aways:
- Support: He was about to give up his career in tennis, when his beautiful girlfriend came along and encouraged him to believe in himself.
Lesson: Surround yourself with people who support you and understand you, who see the spark in you and are willing to accompany you on your way to reach your goal.
- Attitude: He went out there, giving his best all the way through, trying to win the match, despite being a clear underdog. He said: “It sounds funny, but I’m disappointed to lose. I went out there trying to win.”
Lesson: Give your best, no matter what, believe in yourself and just go for it.
- Spirit: As daunting as it seemed initially, he settled into the match and enjoyed it out there, giving the audience a fantastic experience and a day to remember.
Lesson: Don’t forget to enjoy the moment.
- Determination: To those speculating over whether he might bow out of tennis after an experience that can ‘surely’ never be bettered, he said: “I’ve had a fantastic few weeks, and this has been great, but there’s life after Wimbledon, and I want more. More experiences like this. I have to knuckle down and work harder.”
Lesson: Failure defeats losers, but it inspires winners.
Marcus may have lost the match, but he won his battle and inspired us all to go for our dream. Thank you Marcus! Thank you Jennifer!
And my favourite moment of the match is this beautiful lob:
#shoesoff #willyonfire #gohitit #willbombsonfire -The trending hashtags supporting Marcus :)
Now, I’d love to hear from you. Have you learnt a valuable lesson from a sports personality? If so, please share it in the comments below. Everything you share may help to produce and AHA moment in someone’s life, and I would be really appreciative for your contribution.
Thank you sooo much for reading, and I hope to catch you next time.
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