Emilio Sánchez Vicario

From student-athlete, to number 1 in the world

Today is one of those days when you walk around with a big smile on your face. I am proud of what I do; I am part of the journey helping others create opportunities in tennis, education and life. Therefore when you wake up and realize that one of your student-athletes has fulfilled his potential and becomes NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD, it just fills you up with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Everything that you work for makes sense.

#10 SUCCESSFUL HABIT FOR OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

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Sport is fair. Life should be fair as well. We may make mistakes, but if we persist, a new opportunity will come along. It will always end up appearing. But you should be prepared, working, looking forwards with confidence but not in a rush.

#9 SUCCESSFUL HABIT FOR OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

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With 17 Grand Slams in his pocket, Roger Federer has lost multiple finals since 2008: to Nadal four times, once at the French Open, once at Wimbledon and once at the US Open; and to Djokovic, three times.

This amounts to more than ten Grand Slam finals lost – we can only imagine where he would be in the ATP ranking. However, today I’m not going to talk about the matches in particular, or about tactics, physical condition or mindset. Today I want to commend Roger Federer as a role model, as a player who respects his rivals when he is defeated.

A STORY OF SPORTING AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS

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At Sánchez-Casal Academy we have been using tennis and education as a vehicle for the personal development of our young players for almost 20 years. We are extremely proud of all who have trained and studied with us. One of those is Mike Vermeer, who has graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University.

#08 SUCCESSFUL HABIT FOR OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

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Tennis is an individual sport. However all the preparation, the travel, etc. is normally done in a team, the team who stands by you in both the best and worst of times – or at least that’s how Emilio Sánchez Vicario has experienced it.

#07 HABIT FOR OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

Quote Emilio Sánchez Vicario for overcoming Adversity

Controlling timing and breathing are two powerful tools which help us to plan our next steps and overcome difficulties. If you are capable of perfecting these skills, your ability to overcome challenging situations increases. You just have to work at it.

#6 SUCCESSFUL HABIT FOR OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

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In many of my conversations with players at any level, the mention of “pressure” appears: “I felt under too much pressure”, “The pressure meant I couldn’t move”, “I completely froze under the pressure, I didn’t know what I was doing any more” … These are some of the examples of the effect of pressure, which on top of everything, usually manifests itself at the worst times, when nobody asks for it.

# 5 SUCCESSFUL HABIT FOR OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

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When we speak of challenges and achievements in sports, we tend to speak about great deeds with clear goals. But it is not easy to set objectives: they must motivate us and push us to succeed. For this reason, we have to set goals that are achievable and realistic.