Mama Said There’d Be Days Like These 9

Doubles finals at the ASICS World Championships…Charlie and I got crushed. 6-0 6-0 on Center Court.

There is little to say other than the ball just didn’t bounce our way today.

We played ok but our opponents played lights out.

Very weird match in that we had game points in at least 7 of the games but we couldn’t convert. Not even once. Len Wofford and Paul Wulf played too tough.

It was a great opportunity to be a mensch in defeat.

Mensch is hebrew for a person with integrity and honor.

And we were truly mensches. No excuses. Total congratulations and expression of respect for the winners.

Charlie and I walked off the court winners. We had stayed connected. We fought until the last point. We forgave each other and ourselves for a less than stellar outcome.

Between us we have won over 70 National Championships. We are used to winning on the last day. But we can also take a loss. We took it with dignity and class.

Thanks to my practice partners at Rocky Mountain Tennis Center who helped me prepare for this inaugural trip to the hard courts in the desert: Andy Chernaik, Pat Perrin, Duke Paluch, Luis Garza, Neil Kearney and Lars Hoffman.

Thanks to Rebecca Mara and Helen Grigg for keeping my body in balance. To Phil Wharton, who somehow kept my body in the right place by coaching me each day on the phone. You are a genius.

Thanks to great friends Frank and Barb for coming from Denver to watch and cheer.

And to Jo Ann, who each day supports my journeys, giving selflessly, taking care of me, encouraging me and loving me. Your keep me focused on the right stuff.

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9 thoughts on “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like These

  • Jay Michelman

    You are a real winner Bob. A true champion. A fabulous teacher. Love reading about your tennis adventures. They are all wonderful experiences that draw endless parallels to real life. Best regards and good luck.

  • richard horsley

    Been there before…………………hanks for your blog, sometimes that’s All U can do,thank your partner(s)……………….

  • Harriet Werner

    You’re a winner although the score didn’t reflect it. This will only build up your love game/matches even more. Congratulations
    On working your way up to this match and still, walking off a winner. So proud of you Bob.

  • Chis Quirin

    If I found one word that I take away with my time with Bob Litwin.. it’s Mensch.

    Practice with purpose, play with resolve, play like a champion and always walk away graciously.
    Intensity is not anger, aggression does not allow for bad behavior.
    Courtesy, and diplomacy.Constant conditions.
    Cherish the game with passion and have fun.
    Read the blogs and stories by The mentor “Bob Litwin”

  • Marilyn Weber

    Sorry for your loss but you are both winners! Thanks for the Hebrew lesson on the word Mencsh, and yes, you have both honor and integrity.

    Kelly and I would like to visit with you again in the future. Keep up your great tennis abilities.

    Kindest regards,

    Kelly and Marilyn Weber

  • Sharon Moskowitz

    Yes, it was a disappointment in the outcome, But, I can’t help hearing you say, “Okay. I did my best in this match, What did I learn from this match?” and after much thought and analysis, “Next”!!!! Even Serena had a bad “hair day”! Good luck at the next event.!

  • Howard

    The lesson to be learned is that even your best is not always good enough against your opponents best. “Mensch” is actually Yiddish. Your translation was correct.

  • Steve Cornell

    Hi Bob; I’m sure the match was much closer than the score indicated. Tough losing by those scores. I know the feeling remembering our match on that wet grass and I had less than a hand full of game points.