For those who feel joy with a tennis racket in their hand, who can’t wait to get back on the base line, who have a passion for personal achievement, and who are inspired by those who give it their all, I write this book.
My own passion for tennis is the fuel that keeps me going each day on the court, shot after shot, lunge after lunge, until I reach joyous exhaustion. Knowing happily that tomorrow, I get to do it again.
To you, dear reader, I am deeply honored that you have selected “Dude, Where’s the Win?” In these pages, you will go behind the scenes to visit players – including some you have never heard of - who have contributed to the sport of tennis, and in so doing, found personal wins.
More importantly, you will discover some things about yourself here that you will find both revealing and motivating. In fact, when all is read and done, and you answer the questions after each profile, you will have the ingredients to write your own chapter about you.
As we begin, some tennis quotes which resonate far beyond the court and reach into our hearts, souls, and lives.
“Today I smash racquets, for tomorrow we die.” ― Marat Safin
“I have no sense of humor about losing.” – Rafael Nada.
“I am happy when Rafael plays good tennis, but I take more pleasure when people say Rafael is a very good person. For me, it’s so much more important to be a good person.” – Toni Nadal
“Tennis is the loneliest sport” – Andre Agassi
“You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that’s fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for others.” – Steffi Graf.
“Tennis taught me so many lessons in life. One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit a ball.” - Billie Jean King.
“When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.” ~Hugo L. Black, attorney/author
An otherwise happily married couple may turn a mixed doubles game into a scene from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. ~Rod Laver
“I can’t stay No. 1 for fifty years, you know. We’ll see what happens.” - Roger Federer
It's one-on-one out there, man. There ain't no hiding. I can't pass the ball. ~Pete Sampras
The serve was invented so that the net could play. ~Bill Cosby