QUOTE 13, JULY 2016
Greetings today come from wonderful Wimbledon, my favourite tournament of all. I have so many treasured memories of this tournament, but the best of all was when Pat Cash won the singles and climbed up to give us a hug in the player’s box afterwards. Whilst there will only be one winner for the Ladies and Men’s Singles Finals from the 128 competitors, most players are winners even when they lose.
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.
It’s disappointing, of course, losing at a Grand Slam hurts more than any other tournament. There is no doubt about that.
But thankfully I have a family and I have a life outside of tennis. I have plenty of things to look forward to.
Novak Djokovic – after his loss in the third round to Sam Querrey
Fame and success and titles stay with you but they wear out eventually. In the end, all you are left with is your character.
John Millman, a 27 year old Australian who nearly retired a few years ago, and was forced out of the game for 11 months in 2013 following a shoulder injury won his first two rounds to set up a meeting with Andy Murray on Centre Court. Before the match, Millman said:
It’s going to be great. It’s what you dream of, playing on the biggest courts against the biggest players. I feel I deserve to be there. The third round at Wimbledon is uncharted territory for me, but we start out at zero-all. I have never been one to go out with an intimidated mindset before I play the game.
And reflecting after the match.
It was special. I left it all out there. Andy was too good, but I will remember it for a long time.
I don’t have big muscles. I’m not tall. I have power inside. I fight.
Marcus Willis proved no match for Roger Federer but he is still a winner. Having forged his way through pre-qualifying just to contest the Wimbledon qualifying draw, the 25-year-old British player, ranked No 775 in the world, achieved the unimaginable to win his first round and then play on Centre Court against Roger Federer
Marcus Willis described playing 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer on Centre Court as “incredible” and a “fairytale” and received a standing ovation at the end of his match.
Dreams do come true.
Do what you love.
Follow your dreams, never ever give up and be a winner too.
With love from Wimbledon
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