A Lesson in Life from a Tennis Player

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Some people don’t like Lleyton Hewitt. Call me crazy, but I like him.

For those who don’t know, he’s an Australian tennis player, and I can understand why people wouldn’t like him, but I think he typifies the Aussie spirit.

He’s tenacious, feisty, determined, gritty, and never says die.

He isn’t flashy or showy, he doesn’t have any big weapons, but he fights. He is the battler and the underdog against the players with bigger weapons.  If he has a weapon it’s his mental toughness. But he also has good court sense and good shot selection. Basically, he’s got a good head. Plus he has speed.

I just love that he’s always up for the challenge. He doesn’t back down and always fights to the end. I think everyone could learn from that attitude. To not run from challenges but to face them head on, not because you have to, but because you love to. He enjoys the fight and he has courage.

I love that he also loves Australia and it’s what he’s about. He wants to win for Australia and loves Davis Cup because of his Aussie pride. Loving Australia means he also supports other Aussies and the team, and just as he plays with passion, he’s passionate in his support. There’s the Aussie mateship, and I love the encouragement.

This post was inspired by watching the Davis Cup where Australia was playing Poland in the doubles. Lleyton wasn’t playing but when one of the Aussie players got out of a tight spot with a winning serve, you could hear Lleyton say, “Good serve,” in his intense passionate way from the sidelines. I loved it—his will to win, to see Australia win and for his teammates to get them over the line. That’s some fantastic passion there. It’s fantastic support that comes from passion.

So say what you want about him, but I think we can learn from him. If we were as passionate about something the way he is about tennis and Australia, imagine how dynamic and exciting life would be because we’d be doing what we loved, chasing after it with everything we had. And we’d be supporting others in their passions too. He’s got a great attitude and heart.

I believe sport can teach us so much about life. This was just one example.

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