Success Comes in Many Forms
As many of you know, I have been in Namibia for the last two weeks.
It has made keeping up with things here very challenging, because time has been limited and the internet access has been difficult. Pages would take ages to load and time out before I was able to do any work.
So my plan was to build up research material where I could so that when I got back to the UK (for a short stopover) I could write everything up.
It didnt all go to plan...
The first week was good, my son was competing well but got knocked out in the quater finals. He was pleased with his first week - high altitude, very fast courts.... he coped well. My plans worked too....
Then we got to Sunday the day before the start of week 2. He started being sick, pouring out of both ends.... 7 hours of almost constant vomiting. He insisted on going to the tennis club to sign in for the tournament having been sick in the rose bushes outside the hotel then in a bucket in the taxi on th way. We got back to the hotel, he was sick in the elevator going back up to the room. I decided enough was enough... I had to take him to hospital... This was going to be a sad end to the two week tournament.
I checked the draw for Monday, thinking that I would have to ring the referee and withdraw my boy. But he wasnt on the draw for Monday, he would be playing Tuesday. He begged me to wait and see how he is on Tuesday before saying anything.
Tuesday comes and he tells me that he will play the singles match and see how he feels but he is very weak. He wins ! I am amazed ! He gets on court with his doubles partner... they win! Oh boy! First round done and hes on top!
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.... he does the same thing ! Winning singles and doubles ! He beats the no 1 seed, ranked 350 in the world .... !! We were supposed to leave Namibia on Friday, so I had to rearrange the flights.... at no inconsiderable cost..
Saturday.... Finals Day!
He wins Singles and Doubles !! Im such a proud Mom !!
My thoughts are that you dont have to have a perfect situation to still have success...... so whilst I didnt have the perfect environment for me to do my best with my SAC these last two weeks, it doesn't mean that I have not made progress and that all I have done is not great quality, like my boy, in hospital Sunday but winning twice the following Saturday !