Excellent interview. I always like to read about champions--or people in general overcoming the odds. I like to find out what makes them tick.. what is the key to their successes.. not only as athletes or.. whatever but as people. This is my favorite part of Toni's interview.. and something I can take into my own life to make me a better person:
Toni: I think that a lot has to do with upbringing. One of the key elements that’s instilled on us is that in life, you have to face difficulties head-on. You can’t think like a child that everything is beautiful. There will always be problems and you need to take them on. In tennis, like in life, you have to accept your mistakes, realize that you have to learn a lot in order to do less and you have to put in the necessary work to get there.
I just think no matter if you're an amazing athlete.. or just a regular guy or gal--amazing in... whereever your talent takes you, learning from your mistakes.. and not expecting everything to be "easy" that's just a great lesson. Life isn't necessarily "easy" and everybody has obstacles at one time or another--some having more obstacles than most. It's how a person deals with adversity.. to be the best he/she can be. That's really what it's all about.
Anyway, thanks for posting. Interesting and enlightening read.