Thursday, June 29, 2006

being over-rated - there's nothing wrong with being a loser

Some people just never know when they are out of their depth.

At Wimbledon recently, the UK's (former) number 1 tennis player, Tim Henman was convinced that he had a chance at beating Roger Federer. So did Henman's British supporters.

Considering that he has never played in a final of a grand slam and is usually knocked out early in most tournaments (though he did make it to a final, losing to Federer in 2004 at the Indian Wells master series), Henman and his supporters really expect far too much from him.

Just because you are number 1 in your own country, it doesn't mean that you are world class.

In Australia, we had a 100 metre sprinter called Matt Shirvington. Though he was Australia's fastest 100 metre sprinter at the time, he was never going to beat any of those black champions. Much was made about him being the world's fastest 'white' man. Big deal, there is no foot race that is segregated on racial grounds. He was never going to win a medal. Shirvington liked competing even if he knew he would never be placed.

Tim Henman should take a leaf from Shirvington's book.

Sure it's great to compete at the highest levels, but it takes more guts to admit your own limitations.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Today was a boring day, but I did get some ham for my second breakfast when my human was making his lunch.


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