This was it. This was the moment he was waiting for. The moment to step up on the green, hard court and show everyone, what he was really made of. This was his chance to prove his doubters wrong and make his parents proud. The bright summer weather, and the luscious green trees in the background welcomed Max onto the court. He slowly ambled toward the court with its freshly painted lines, seeming calmer than he was really was. The only thing that separated him from his opponent was the net, looking as high as it had ever been. For some reason, Max felt claustrophobic, the fences that surrounded the tennis court enclosed him, telling him there was no going back now. Everything seemed like a dream. All he could see was a blur of green and red and a small outline of his opponent. Could he make the most of his opportunity? Would he make his parents proud? These thoughts were racing through his mind as the match was set to begin. Whatever happened on the tennis court would shape his and his family’s future.
Just a week ago, had this dream begun for Max Taylor. He was only 23 years old, and he had received an email that he had gotten a wild card spot to play in Wimbledon, the most prestigious tennis tournament, He would have to compete with the greats of the game. Max’s parents had not known of Max’s secret ambition to play tennis after college. Max had gone to Evergreen Community College, even though he had gotten into better colleges. His parents were too poor to afford a better college for Max. The next day he was interviewed by several reporters, who wanted to know the same thing. The first question they asked, was an obvious
“Why do you think you got picked to play this tournament over more qualified players.”
Max thought about this for a second. The wild card spot at tennis tournaments were awarded to random players who showcased good skill recently. This was to give chances to younger players who don’t have that high of a ranking. Max replied, “ I feel that I have the ability to win this tournament, which none of the other competitor, even if they are better qualified than me, cannot do” The crowd started whispering to each other, astounded my confidence in my playing ability.
The tournament started in five days, and one of Max’s best attributes was that he worked hard work. He rigorously trained, 8 hours each day with his personal trainer, and coach, Coach Toni. Coach Toni was an inspiration to him, as he had to overcome obstacles to become what he was. When he trained, one thing constantly popped up in his mind, what if he failed. You see, Max’s biggest weakness, was his fear for failure. He was scared of failing, because if he did it would ruin his future and his life. His goals was to make tennis a way to support his otherwise poor family, and to become a tennis star, and show all his doubters, that he could really do it.
Furthermore, Max’s determination to overcome his obstacles, helped him succeed in college.
He had a perfect...