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A Young Champion

Ganglion
09-27-2007, 03:47 AM
My doubles partner, Billy, and I were making one of our many comebacks, playing at a local tournament in Long Beach, California. We played against a good college player and some 15- or 16-year-old kid with a steady game and a two-handed backhand. We, of course, played the kid hard, and he wasn't half-bad.

In fact, this kid ran everything down and didn't miss much, and he had a decent serve. No big deal. He knew we were "playing" him, but he didn't get offended or intimidated, even when we hit shots right at him, hard. He was a real gentleman about it all. He kept quiet and played ball.

The duo beat us something like 6-4, 6-4, in a good, high-energy match. We both commented on the ride home what a "together" kid that teenager was, and how he remained solid and unrattled throughout the match. We both mentioned that we felt no shame or anger about losing to a kid who played like that. Two years later, Billy called me up and excitedly told me to watch that kid in the finals of the U.S. Open. Pete Sampras was a gentleman and a champion, then and now. Hey, when you've got it, you've really got it!

Source: Broudy, Jack (1997, 172-173). The real spin on tennis. Merillville, IN: ICS Books.

angiel
09-27-2007, 06:43 AM
My doubles partner, Billy, and I were making one of our many comebacks, playing at a local tournament in Long Beach, California. We played against a good college player and some 15- or 16-year-old kid with a steady game and a two-handed backhand. We, of course, played the kid hard, and he wasn't half-bad.

In fact, this kid ran everything down and didn't miss much, and he had a decent serve. No big deal. He knew we were "playing" him, but he didn't get offended or intimidated, even when we hit shots right at him, hard. He was a real gentleman about it all. He kept quiet and played ball.

The duo beat us something like 6-4, 6-4, in a good, high-energy match. We both commented on the ride home what a "together" kid that teenager was, and how he remained solid and unrattled throughout the match. We both mentioned that we felt no shame or anger about losing to a kid who played like that. Two years later, Billy called me up and excitedly told me to watch that kid in the finals of the U.S. Open. Pete Sampras was a gentleman and a champion, then and now. Hey, when you've got it, you've really got it!

Source: Broudy, Jack (1997, 172-173). The real spin on tennis. Merillville, IN: ICS Books.




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