Storytellling


California, Here I Come 19

For those of you who have been following my tennis journey over the last 16 years , you are probably expecting to read about my annual ambivalence about putting in the work again.


Gold in the Louisiana Delta 9

I often write that I have redefined winning in a way that almost every match has wins. The sweetest of wins is when all that is important to me comes through in the big matches, the finals of the National Championships.


A Winning Day Despite a Loss and, Today, a Chance for a Gold Ball 16

Over the years I have learned to redefine winning to include the way I play, the effort that I give, the attitude I maintain, the responsibility I take, the appreciation for my opponent, how I react after the match, the way I am with the one who has defeated me and the resilience with which I bounce back.


Slipping and Sliding: A Return to the Dirt 12

I felt that my mental and emotional training was really strong. Since the move to Boulder I have been excited about every moment of every day. And I am feeling so happy. I can’t imagine a better mindset for going into a competition.

I have always believed that if my life is good, my tennis will be good.

So I arrived excited, happy and eager to observe the state of my tennis. Winning is always important to me but it is far from the only thing. I want to play well.


What Was Really Happening in Tucson at Tennis Congress 11

When we go somewhere we usually have an idea of why we are going and what we expect to find.

Then, when we least expect it, we find something so different that it is disorienting.

That is what happened in Tucson last week.


Novak: The Master of Preparation and Resiliency 1

What I took away from this match was all about Novak’s ability to prepare to bounce back from lost points and to bring his very best to the most important moments.

Who has ever been as resilient as him. He gets up for the mat after being knocked down like no others before him. He is a real life version of Rocky.


Serena: The Princess and the Pea 16

You are the best ever. You lost because you were beaten by a better player on that day. That is what happens in sport. It is about today. Your rhythm was thrown off because of any extra day due to the rainout? Your opponent didn’t play the way your two prior opponents played? It was hard to play with the pressure of having to win the Grand Slam? You were tired from so many matches?

Are you Princess who cannot sleep because of a pea under the mattress?

As Roberta Vinci said in her post match interview after beating Serena, I am sorry.

I am sorry Serena but I need to write about you and disappointment I feel.


Roger vs. Novak Redux 4

As many of you know, I am all about stories. Stories that players tell themselves that don’t work to get them what they want. And stories they tell themselves that create the possibility of being who they need to be to bring the very best out of themselves in the biggest moments of performance.


The Most Special Two Weeks in Tennis: Grass Court Tennis at Wimbledon 8

The press and the fans have stories about every player. It is important that the player has a story going that will give them the best chance to ignite the highest end of their talent and skills. So that, win or lose the score, they can look in the mirror and say, “I have no regrets. I brought my best.”