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Yesterday I was at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for another beautiful day of US Open tennis.
But for some of the top players, it wasn’t so beautiful.
Maria Sharapova lost.
Andy Roddick lost.
Dinara Safina lost.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s message, anything can happen.
In the world of running, Roger Bannister ran a four-minute mile in 1954, after all the experts said it was impossible. Then, thirty-eight people did the same thing the following year.
The same thing is happening now at the 2009 US Open. The youngsters are invading. The underdogs are prevailing. They know they have a chance. And so do the top players.
My condolences to Sharapova, Roddick and Safina. Here are my tips to you…
1. Winners know that a loss is a source of feedback.
2. There is no such thing as failure, only new beginnings.
3. You don’t drown by falling in water, you drown by staying there.
4. A loss is like a knife, it can either serve you or cut you. It’s your choice whether you grasp them by the blade or the handle.
5. Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Tuesday I will be back at the Open bright and early doing tennis trivia in the ticket line with Denise Capriati and giving away a few signed copies of my book, “Game. Set. Life.”
Thanks for reading.