“There are no shortcuts to success”- #FridayFix

“There are no shortcuts to success”. This week in ‪#‎FridayFix‬ learn three tips to help you become the best player you can be!

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Thursday HAT Quiz

Hello everyone,

Today we would like to check how much you know about tennis. We will be playing quiz today and will see who know how much about the game of tennis.

So are you all ready for the Quiz.

Miramont Open Championship Highlights

Here’s the highlights from Miramont Open Championship: Girls’ 18 Singles: -Maleeha – Semifinalist.

I didn’t just wake up one day thinking, Wow, I want to be a tennis player,It all came gradually

Karen reached out to HAT, hoping for an opportunity to train and travel on the WTA circuit with the expert coaching team.  You see Karen does not come from a family of professional athletes or parents who are well to do.  They are an every day family, with an extraordinary daughter; fighting her way to the top of the game, often facing what seem to be insurmountable obstacles.

Karen Barritza, WTA Player from Denmark

Traveling the world every week playing tournaments in not so glamorous locations, often alone, with enormous pressures from home and from self, can be overwhelming.  Breaking through as a professional tennis player is extremely difficult.  It certainly demands skill, talent and dedication; however, it also requires a tremendous amount of emotional and financial support.

Becoming a top-ranked tennis player does not happen automatically.  “I didn’t just wake up one day thinking, ‘Wow, I want to be a tennis player!’ says Karen, “It all came gradually.  I started playing when I was six on a vacation in Romania, and got really into it and practiced a lot. When I came home (to Denmark), I was playing quite well, started winning a lot and kept practicing – people and coaches started noticing me.

Karen credits her involvement with HAT for much of her success both on and off the court.  “Those involved with HAT are ambitious and talented.  The organization provides a nurturing environment so that you can take your tennis to the next level.  I have learned a lot and have had a lot of experiences that I feel I can take with me ‘till later in life.”  Karen’s goal is to be in the Top 100 WTA singles and to play Grand Slam events.

“Don’t believe everything you think.”

Every Monday, our Mental Skills Specialist share the best quote to mark #MondayMentalTip .

Today he shared “Don’t believe everything you think.” – Ed Tseng, HAT Mental Skill Specialist.

Follow us in case you would like to make your self mentally strong before the week starts on every Monday.

“At home in Peru, he rises before school to practise tennis”

Marcos with TrophyAt home in Peru, he rises before school to practice tennis or work out.  After school Marcos plays tennis for two hours followed by an hour of fitness training.  Then it’s dinner, homework, sleep and the whole process starts over again.  His schedule is very demanding, but Marcos will tell you that he wouldn’t have it any other way.

This is only a part of Marcos’ story.  Traveling to-and-from school and the courts is on foot or by taxi.  “In Peru, some of the streets have trash spread out on the road and you have to know where you are because there are dangerous parts and there is a lot of traffic.  Here, (in the U.S.) everything is really far away so you must have a car so you can manage yourself, (but) everything is so clean.  There is no pollution and everywhere is really safe so you don’t have to worry about your security.”

Having the desire to excel at tennis and realizing that expert training in a safe environment was not possible for him, Marcos reached out to High Altitude Tennis Academy Director, Ryan Segelke.

His first visit in 2013 was for a brief two weeks. “It was such an awesome, life-changing experience”, remembers Marcos.  HAT was then able to obtain funding enabling Marcos to return to the U.S. over his school break in 2014.

The results were not anything less than incredible – for Marcos, for his family, for the coaches and entire HAT Community.  “The first time I played in an indoor tournament, I could feel the rush of adrenaline.”  Training at HAT is hard work, but Marcos is learned so much both on and off the court.  “I love this sport and I never get tired of it.  It teaches me a lot of things, especially to never give up and to fight for your goals not matter what happens because there is always a solution.”

Marcos has set his sights high – wanting to play tennis professionally.  However, he is also quite practical, “My life plan is to try to get a full scholarship to one of the best universities [Division I] so that I can improve my game.  When I finish university I am going to try to play on the professional tennis tour, knowing that when I finish my studies, and if something unexpected happens, I can still work.”