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Old 01-28-2007, 06:38 PM   #6
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Great story rars-- it's always good to see pro's stepping up to help. I was the same, sort of; during the awkward teenager stage, battling growth spurts and erratic emotions (ie rage), I was essentially lost during my teen years.. When I was 16, just after the clay court season and coming off a big tournament win to be seeded 2nd and 1st in the next two tournaments, I lost in the first round, shocking both myself and the tennis community here. I was freaking out (just look at my racquets, haha)-- I could not figure out for the life of me why I was losing after having such a good indoor and clay season. The next week, on court with a practice partner, I was approached by my now current coach. I had seen him around the open circuit, and watched one or two of his matches, but never talked to him more than a casual "hello" in the locker room or at a player social. Over the next couple of weeks, we got to hitting more and more, and he started to act out the subtle coaching duties, coming to hit every morning after fitness, talking of how he scouted threats in the upcoming tournaments, and what we would work on that day. He would tape us, and we would review it for hours on end. His pursuit and desire for me to succeed was relentless; I knew that this reflected on my hunger and drive to win, and I loved it. I won the next four straight tournaments, and have never felt better swinging a racquet. After winning the last, just three weeks ago, he stated to me that I had earned everything, and that he would officially call himself my coach. I have never been prouder or more confident in my entire life. I now enjoy everything I do, whether it's him picking me up to go to fitness at 5am before class, goofing around playing hozelrocket, or working my hardest every point and feeling good about it, thanks to my coach, I know I can do whatever it is that I set my mind to.

I encourage all of you, whether you are a highly competitive junior, or a recreational adult, or anything to create these bonds with those who wish to help you; trust me, you won't regret it.
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