Hey Veelieving Venuts
Reading some comments all over the place by people sad by Vee’s loss was painful for me.. mmhmmm! With some specific comments in mind, I just had some thoughts about how to Veelieve today, how to maybe better handle Vee’s losses…
3 things to look at, Past, Present and Future.
Venus has achieved SO much in her career, her place in the tennis Hall of Fame and history books is secure. (I’m sure someone else can post all the facts figures, but being a former world number one, Olympic gold medallist, 5 time Wimbledon champion
(BIGGEST PRIZE IN TENNIS), 7 slams in total, and NOW a YEC CHAMPION
+ Grand slam in doubles and so on and so on. If she were to retire today, it’s been a career to be proud of, one that most of tennis players will only dream of. At the end of the day, we look back positively; what the player achieved and not what they didn’t, Venus has done a lot. Point being, in the greater context, these losses and setbacks that she has don’t mean much. It would be good to add some certain titles, but the resume is already impressive!
Present: Staring with off court
: Setbacks and losses will obviously hurt Venus, but probably not as long as you might imagine. You have to remember that tennis is only part of her life, she has a pretty full, eventful and successful life outside of tennis, and might I add – LOTS OF MONEY! Tennis losses become a bad day at the office, it’s just one day, they’ll be other opportunities. On court
: Tennis is seasonal, and each tournament a fresh start. It’s like a rollercoaster on the whole with highs and lows. There might be a few too many lows, but that only makes the highs – which will come, all the sweeter. I’m thankful that Vee is still a professional and plans to be for a while, with some other notable players deciding to quite at quite young ages.
Future: Reasons to Veelieve that good things are coming
Venus isn’t the player she used to be, she might very well be past her peak (of consistency). But that’s part of getting older, everything must change
. But lets not forget that it was just a few months ago that Venus was the in-form player, making her run to the wimbledon title to the semi’s of the USO. That wasn’t a decade ago, just a few months ago. Can things have changed SO much in such a short space of time that Venus will no longer be able to produce that level of play (which is how some folk were sounding)? Best way to think about the future is to be realistic really. Venus may never get back the consistency she had years back, but if you look at Lindsay, Patty, Amelie, Mary and the likes, they have shown that even as you get older, with the hard work you can still be a top contender. We know Venus is putting in the hard work, she was approaching the net more and hitting lobs!!! The hunger and the drive are still there, probably more so now than they were in recent years. Also, think about the fact that Venus in all her years never really has great starts to the season. Miami, and a few places might showcase the best of Venus – but Venus always struggles at the start of the year, and always lost to players who she should have beaten through out her career. 2000 62,61 spanking by Dokic in Rome, Losses to Schwartz and Schett, and Zvonareva and all sorts… then come the second half and she was Queen of the courts.
Putting these two things together, what I’m trying to say is that, Venus might be past her consistency peak but with her drive and hunger that she is showing now, and the work she is putting into her game – for the next few months and years, can expect Venus to be a serious contender anywhere. They’ll be tough losses along the way, more so because she just isn’t 21 anymore, especially at the start of the season, but provided that she is fit and healthy, it’s just logical to expect that she’ll have good runs especially in the latter half of the season. Don’t expect Venus to win everywhere, and be prepared for some stunning losses, but don’t stop Veelieving, because she is still capable of winning big. The long waits just make it more satisfying when it happens.
*Exhale* (I even tire myself out!)
So this is me trying to get people to better deal with setbacks and tough losses. I guess this is just my take on the situation, I thought I’d offer it because I was over the loss 5 minutes after it happened, pretty much. I didn’t like reading all these posts by Vee fans who are sad by the losses, and I know it’s normal – but just in case some folks are have serious trouble moving past any Venus loss / just getting down on here TOO much… some thoughts.
If you guys want feel free to post positive thoughts, wishes, encouragement and whatnot about Venus (and for Venus fans). Past present or future, just something that might be able to help folks thinking about jumping of cliffs after the losses like that today. This is a place for comfort.
This thread is different to the Support for nervous fans thread, in that, that thread was about people who just get nervous watching Vee's matches. This is about dealing with loses.
I write too much don’t I.
Hope this helps someone… somewhere.
Take care all.