The Pendleton Panther

The Power of Support

Posted on: December 2, 2009




This week as everyone knew there is was major Junior International tennis tournament taking place on Campus. For me it was the first time I had taken part in any event of this size. As a fulltime tennis player in the Academy, you could not miss the hype created all over. The site had been tended to such a level to make it immaculate. There were juniors competing from fifty different countries, and I was lucky enough to be taking part for the first time. As an experience, I couldn’t compare it to anything else I had been to. The level of competition was extremely high and the environment was electric. However, what impressed me the most throughout the tournament, was the level of support and friendship that existed between the players. It was unexpected in a way as everyone was competing against each other. With tennis being an individual sport you would think that ‘each man for themselves’ would apply. However, walking around the campus and the courts this was not true, there were players supporting each other all over. It added so much to the atmosphere. For me it was definitely a ‘first’! It was strange to hear friends from tennis or school call out my name in support and cheer me on, but it was very effective. Especially when you are in the middle of a ‘battle’ with your opponent, to hear friends supporting you with encouraging words it definitely helps.


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