University of Michigan tennis team is betting on the story model of high performance helping them defeat the best in the country at the NCAA championships
You went from being a losing champion to being a mensch. A person of integrity and honor. Someone who does the right thing.
You have shown us that people can change.
The finals were a great opportunity to be mensches in defeat.
We stuck together. We, as always, win and lose together. Today we won.
By the strength of our relationship even more than the strength of our games.
There is nothing better than playing doubles with someone that you love to spend time with.
I play for matches like this that not only challenge every mental, emotional, physical and spiritual fiber of my being but also conclude with two warriors sharing a bench on the side of the court throwing compliments to each other.
This morning I read that the great American runner, Steve Prefontaine, would have been 65 years old today. He had said: “Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”
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.
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.
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.