Early this summer, when we printed a ranking result out and handed to NB. At the time, he was ranked #9.... He took a long look at the paper for a long time, and he told us that he would like to be #1 by the end of the year.
We were surprised but not fully surprised... We believed that he could do it but we didn't think that he could do it this year! Anyway, it's a good time for us to teach him about "keeping his own goal possible and realistic." So we talked to him that this goal would be a hard work for all of us and before we helped him, he had to assure us that he fully committed in what he said.
He concurred... So, when I met his coach on the folllowing day, I told him about NB's new goal.... His coach nodded and said, "Let's try."
So during the past summer, NB practiced almost everyday... at least two hours a day... NB had improved greatly in some major areas including his serve and consistency.
The summer was already history, and the fall had traveled into the latter part of the season.... NB's ranking had been gradually improved from number 9 to number 3.
Ten days ago, he played in another tournament, went through the final, and lost in the final.... From this latest tourney result, his cumulative point would jump pass the player who was ranked #2.... In this next coming month, when the new ranking from USTA is announced, NB will be ranked as number 2....
The gap between him and the # 1 ranked player became smaller.... In year 2007, there are two more open tournaments left. Mathematically, if NB could pass into semifinal of both tournaments, he could finish this year as #1 ranked player in his 10-and-under division!!
Two more to go.... Final push might bring him to his own goal.... He became more motivated, became a stronger, craftier player... while his coach tried to equip him more with "bigger weapons" after fully armed NB with tennis essentials.
My wife and I were in our supporting roles.... The rest laid upon your competent hands and determined mind. NB, make it come true....
You and all of us will be so proud of yourself whatever the final result will be....
================================= Note: My life has been intertwined with works and many others. New responsibility has emerged, resulting less and less time for my ordinary life. Although, a love to write is still intact... But having less time is related to having less imagination.... Therefore, I could not come up with new writings for quite some times.
It might be a good time for me to leave this forum for moment.... Please take it as Mr. A.T. is having a sabbactatical leave or something like that....
As noted above, my love to write is still the same... and will not be changed. Sometimes somehow, I hope I could come back and give some thoughts in this blog once more.
Cheers, Mr. A.T. June 6th, 2008
My pen-name in Pantip is amatuer translator. Actually, I'm a lousy translator with lame translation. My pen-name is somewhat misleading, I have no background in linguistics what-so-ever. Anyway I love to read, write and communicate with people...
Reading is my most favorite hobby. I read everything from shopping bags to articles in theoretical physics. I do research and teaching for my living. So, reading, writing, thinking and doing research works are my everyday routine.
I would like to define myself as a person who is accepting new ideas and adopting those into my way of life.
I believe in power of knowledge/education. I think every society can be a better society with knowledge. Ignorance can be dispelled by it. Humanity can live sustainably and harmoniously with each other along with its biosphere with understandings in the nature surrounding it.
Apart from my philosophical thoughts reflecting who I am, I can tell you something I like or love in particular;
I love dogs.... Particularly, labradore retrievers.... One day, I would like to spend my time and life with them as a big part of my family.
Zhuge Liang is my hero. With his wisdom and faithfulness, he led a tiny army to a mighty and formidable kingdom. He left his humble residence with a hope to come back. But, sadly, he had never returned and died far far away from home in a horse carriage in a battle field. If I could choose where I would, I would say where-ever my lovely wife was nearby.
I value happiness and my family as my first priority. My profession and my philosophy come in the second. Pursuit in wealth has never been in my desire.
I'm glad to be your friend, and look forward to seeing you around krub.