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In 1992 Wimbledon, a new champion rose in the history of Tennis-Andre Agassi, the long haired tennis player known for his brashness, mockery and off court media popularity. For a person who was more focused on his image rather than tennis, ongoing hair problems, drug use, tanking matches (unknown to the world at that time) and mocking players, and whose hatred towards tennis was more than anyone can imagine during the early part of his career, dropping in the world ranking from Numero Uno to No. 141 and a divorce was not a surprise. In his words it was the rock bottom of his life. There was no comeback from that situation. Right?

Wrong! Come 2012, he is one of the most adored and respected tennis player who is not only known for his tennis achievements (8 grand slams, 1999 historic victory in French Open, third player to complete a career grand slam, World No. 1 ranking and so many more) but also for his off court achievements. In the field of sports, he is one of the biggest philanthropists; he has generated $177 million for his education reform activities in Las Vegas. In his personal life, he is happily married with the woman who still manages to take his breath away after 11 years-fellow hall of famer-Steffi Graf with two kids Jaden and Jaz. In my book, he is the perfect role model for everyone in all the aspects of life- professional and personal.

So how did this turnaround started: It started with the advice of Nelson Mandela to him in 1997: “We must live our lives carefully”. And how true it is? Shouldn’t every individual live that way, be careful of their decisions on every step. Every human being in this world hits a rock bottom in his life but how often do we see such a remarkable transformation and rise to the top? The normal tendency is to give up and succumb to the pressures of life and give away our lives. Some commit suicides, some fall in the trap of depression, some blame their families and so on. But is that really the solution to this problem? Andre Agassi is a perfect example from whom we can take inspiration in life and get back to the point that we and our family want.

Was he able to do it because he possesses special qualities? No, he was also a normal person like all of us wanting to have a great career, family and good memories. The only difference is that he didn’t give up and with his belief and determination revived himself again to achieve great heights. So, can we also do it? God has given every person the same tools; it’s the qualities which a person develops over a period of time which defines his/her extraordinary achievements. If only we can look from within and be careful in our decisions, we also can do the impossible. As Agassi said “Hitting the rock bottom, a place that really isn’t so bad because it gives you a chance to look up” and start cherishing the things you love the most in life.

Andre Agassi is a true inspiration to all, who has taught us the importance of never giving up in life, the belief that we can always push ourselves to begin again and be inspired to achieve the greatness we are destined for.  It’s NEVER too late in life. In the words of this tennis great and my favorite:  “I am living proof that no dream, no journey is impossible.”




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Andre Agassi and "ROCK BOTTOM"



In 1992 Wimbledon, a new champion rose in the history of Tennis-Andre Agassi, the long haired tennis player known for his brashness, mockery and off court media popularity. For a person who was more focused on his image rather than tennis, ongoing hair problems, drug use, tanking matches (unknown to the world at that time) and mocking players, and whose hatred towards tennis was more than anyone can imagine during the early part of his career, dropping in the world ranking from Numero Uno to No. 141 and a divorce was not a surprise. In his words it was the rock bottom of his life. There was no comeback from that situation. Right?

Wrong! Come 2012, he is one of the most adored and respected tennis player who is not only known for his tennis achievements (8 grand slams, 1999 historic victory in French Open, third player to complete a career grand slam, World No. 1 ranking and so many more) but also for his off court achievements. In the field of sports, he is one of the biggest philanthropists; he has generated $177 million for his education reform activities in Las Vegas. In his personal life, he is happily married with the woman who still manages to take his breath away after 11 years-fellow hall of famer-Steffi Graf with two kids Jaden and Jaz. In my book, he is the perfect role model for everyone in all the aspects of life- professional and personal.

So how did this turnaround started: It started with the advice of Nelson Mandela to him in 1997: “We must live our lives carefully”. And how true it is? Shouldn’t every individual live that way, be careful of their decisions on every step. Every human being in this world hits a rock bottom in his life but how often do we see such a remarkable transformation and rise to the top? The normal tendency is to give up and succumb to the pressures of life and give away our lives. Some commit suicides, some fall in the trap of depression, some blame their families and so on. But is that really the solution to this problem? Andre Agassi is a perfect example from whom we can take inspiration in life and get back to the point that we and our family want.

Was he able to do it because he possesses special qualities? No, he was also a normal person like all of us wanting to have a great career, family and good memories. The only difference is that he didn’t give up and with his belief and determination revived himself again to achieve great heights. So, can we also do it? God has given every person the same tools; it’s the qualities which a person develops over a period of time which defines his/her extraordinary achievements. If only we can look from within and be careful in our decisions, we also can do the impossible. As Agassi said “Hitting the rock bottom, a place that really isn’t so bad because it gives you a chance to look up” and start cherishing the things you love the most in life.

Andre Agassi is a true inspiration to all, who has taught us the importance of never giving up in life, the belief that we can always push ourselves to begin again and be inspired to achieve the greatness we are destined for.  It’s NEVER too late in life. In the words of this tennis great and my favorite:  “I am living proof that no dream, no journey is impossible.”




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Can he or Can he not?

After his SF loss in French Open, it seems like everyone has been asking this question about Roger Federer and his chances to win a GS. And it seems like most of the critics/fans are skeptical about his chances to win his 17th GS and Wimbledon 2012 in the presence of Nadal/Djokovic – the  younger\
heavier guns of this generation.After his impressive win today to reach his 32nd GS SF, the question is, Can he or Can he not?

Rather than answering the question directly, I will today like everyone to ponder about the following and then answer it yourself: 

1)  Which critic had thought at the start of 2011 that Novak Djokovic will emerge as the new World no. 1 in the presence of Federer/Nadal?

2)  Which critic had thought that Nadal will go on to win 7 French Open titles when he had won his first in 2005?

3)   What were the critic’s reaction when Nadal had supposedly not won a title (except French Open 2011) in 2011?

4)    Who had thought that Agassi will return to World No.1 and win 2 GS after age 30?

5)   Who had thought that Steffi Graf on her return from injuries will go on to defeat Martina Hingis to win French Open in 1999 and reach the finals of Wimbledon?

6)  Who had thought that Kim Clijsters had a chance to win US Open after her return in the presence of Serena Williams?

And the list is endless.

So only point which I think is relevant is what does Federer think about his chances? All those fans who are disheartened by the critics and analysts predictions, don’t worry as critics are not always right. If they would have been correct, don’t you think the above would have never happened or for that matter everyone would have been a billionaire following their predictions in stock market!

My answer for my initial question:

A man can go only  as far as he thinks he can” And so will Roger Federer!






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Can Roger Federer win his 17th GS?



Can he or Can he not?

After his SF loss in French Open, it seems like everyone has been asking this question about Roger Federer and his chances to win a GS. And it seems like most of the critics/fans are skeptical about his chances to win his 17th GS and Wimbledon 2012 in the presence of Nadal/Djokovic – the  younger\
heavier guns of this generation.After his impressive win today to reach his 32nd GS SF, the question is, Can he or Can he not?

Rather than answering the question directly, I will today like everyone to ponder about the following and then answer it yourself: 

1)  Which critic had thought at the start of 2011 that Novak Djokovic will emerge as the new World no. 1 in the presence of Federer/Nadal?

2)  Which critic had thought that Nadal will go on to win 7 French Open titles when he had won his first in 2005?

3)   What were the critic’s reaction when Nadal had supposedly not won a title (except French Open 2011) in 2011?

4)    Who had thought that Agassi will return to World No.1 and win 2 GS after age 30?

5)   Who had thought that Steffi Graf on her return from injuries will go on to defeat Martina Hingis to win French Open in 1999 and reach the finals of Wimbledon?

6)  Who had thought that Kim Clijsters had a chance to win US Open after her return in the presence of Serena Williams?

And the list is endless.

So only point which I think is relevant is what does Federer think about his chances? All those fans who are disheartened by the critics and analysts predictions, don’t worry as critics are not always right. If they would have been correct, don’t you think the above would have never happened or for that matter everyone would have been a billionaire following their predictions in stock market!

My answer for my initial question:

A man can go only  as far as he thinks he can” And so will Roger Federer!






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In my last article, I had looked at the stats of the big 4 in the Men’s section. Now that the draws have been announced, I thought it will be a good idea to look at the top seeds in the Women’s draw and compare their statistics before the start of the first GS of the year 2012.

Here are the stats for the top female players in 2011 on Hard court and their Australian Open Match Record so far:


Name of The Player
2011 Match Record on Hard Court
AO* Match Record
AO 2011 Result
Win
Loss
Winning %
Win
Loss
Winning %
Caroline Wozniacki
40
11
78%
13
4
76%
SF
Petra Kvitova
30
11
73%
5
3
63%
QF
Maria Sharapova
25
10
71%
28
7
80%
4th Round
Li Na
16
12
57%
18
6
75%
Finalist
Sam Stosur
31
14
69%
14
9
61%
3rd Round
Kim Clijsters
19
5
79%
38
8
83%
Winner
Serena Williams
18
2
90%
51
6
89%
Did not play
Sabine Lisicki
23
14
62%
4
3
57%
Did not play
 *AO- Australian Open

Serena Williams has won Australian Open 5 times in the last 9 years and her record (89% win record equivalent to Steffi Graf) definitely shows her dominance on this surface. Although she is seeded 12th, she is one player who cannot be taken lightly or played at a level of her ranking.

Another player, I will be looking forward to is Kim Clijsters with a 83% win record at Australian Open. As this is the last AO of her career before retiring next year, she will be one player who will be ready to add to her legacy and a total of 4 GS.

One more player that has the potential to leave a mark is Petra Kvitova. She is young, fresh, a player of immense promise and someone who has ignited hopes of adding stability to an otherwise unstable women’s tennis circuit. The only question will be- is she ready to take on the pressure of becoming a future World no. 1 and play up to her potential?

For the rest of the players, the stats are there and I would love to hear your comments on their chances.

In the end, just to revisit old memories and history of Australian open, I will leave you all with the 1988 AO final between Steffi Graf and Chris Evert. Enjoy watching!