Vesa Ponkka’s interview with the Washington Post

This is the essence of a coach-teaching life skills and making the world better!


The below article was written by Junior Tennis Champions Center Director of Tennis Vesa Ponkka and appeared in the Washington Post on Tuesday, August 20.

The best part of this game is that it is an individual sport. You take the blame; you keep the glory. Nobody can help you out. You are so alone when you get out there it’s not even funny. You have to learn to be strong. You have to learn to trust yourself. It’s up to you. It’s almost like you are totally naked on the court. When you learn to handle those things, it’s valuable the rest of your life. But it is also very hard to be humble when you are good. It is human nature to believe your own hype. It is difficult, because to be good at tennis, you have to only think about you. That is not the way to…

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