What makes a Champion?
- God-Given Talent
- a Great Coach
- a Super Club
- Tons of Tournaments
- Perfect Practice Partners
- Innovative Tactics
- Pure Sweat
or maybe all of these and a little bit more.
If you look at the great image of our National Champion Lily Zhang (taken by USATT Photographer Grant Bergmann) you will see a champion in action making sure the ball never touches the ground without a fight.
Do you let balls go by in practice or matches without a second thought? Do you like surprising your opponent by returning the un-returnable?
As a player I enjoyed returning that extra ball. I found that opponents don't like it when you don't give away any free points. It drives them crazy when you hustle for every ball no matter the score.
I played in my first tournament in 1976, that might seem like a long time ago to many on our team, but I can remember the excitement of fighting for each ball to try to win a trophy in the Under 11 age division. I lost both my matches in a three player round robin and went home empty-handed. I wanted one of those trophies so badly.
However, I didn't give up and fought for each ball I would get another chance to win a trophy.
I'll keep this first posting short, but I do want to thank Virginia Sung for giving me the opportunity to serve our team as the High Performance Director. I have that same excitement I had in my first tournament to help our players, coaches and staff to give our team the best chance for success to return that extra ball.
- Good Luck to Kai, Kanak, Yue, Crystal, Amy and Lily as they compete in the German Open in Magdeburg, Germany - Here is the official website.
- Our Junior stars have the Czech and Swedish Open next up on their calendar.
- The Hopes Regional events have been posted and I will share some more info on this re-branded program.