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Venus Williams at the Rogers Cup

You know, we at FreshLineCool are big fans of Tennis. Actually, we’re fans of many sports – both professional and amateur – and both involving exceptional teams and brave individuals.

But there is something special, primal and almost unique about Tennis (or perhaps Boxing), where two gladiators go head to head on the court. There is pressure every match, every set, every game, every point, and even every touch of the ball.

And this pressure, and the astounding and sometimes marathon-length displays of it, are rather riveting. At the end there is one winner, but there may be many, many victors, who have done their best and realized triumphs. We salute them.

Meanwhile, as we watch sports this week, and especially the Rogers Cup in Toronto, we are reminded that there is also a big astronomical event about to happen – a solar eclipse. What’s more, in parts of North America, this “Total” Solar Eclipse will be the first one of its kind in 38 years!

Its been a while since we’ve seen one of these clearly and vividly, so many people are excited to view and to witness it. For us, one story that links the eclipse world together with the Tennis world involves another planet, or a lady whose shares the name of the celestial object.


Venus Williams the Grand Champion

The lady is Venus Williams, a gracious warrior who is making her return to the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Indeed, at 37 years of age, she wasn’t even born the last time a continental Total Solar Eclipse occurred. And unlike other tennis players that age, Venus is no where near the twilight of her career.

It is hoped that the Rogers Cup and venue will provide her with a showcase to rise again and to realize victory. And even in its earliest rounds, it is providing Ms. Williams with a chance to demonstrate her class and grace. After waiting more than 90 minutes for a rain delay and other interruptions, she prevailed in her first match. She then noted, “This is my first win in Toronto dating back to 1995. I've had to wait more than 20 years to finally win a match here so it's really sweet." She is a grand champion and a legendary player on all surfaces. She has won championships and has inspired and mentored many champions, including her kid sister Serena. She has battled both on and off the court, and has struggled with some debilitating personal and psychological challenges. And yet, she remains focused, optimistic and grateful.


Venus Williams’ winning traits

Maybe these simple traits are the basis for happiness and greatness.

  • Honesty – for having the courage to see things as they are. Buddha noted that “All sadness derives from seeing things as they are not and making distortions”.

  • Positivity – as in seeking out reasons to be and become resiliently optimistic. As Francis Bacon noted, “Chance favours the prepared mind”. Being prepared is good, but being positively prepared and being alert to new opportunities or serendipity is vital.

  • Gratitude – both important and vital. Acknowledging that success is a team effort recognizes the many heroes involved in the process.


Venus Williams’ winning traits

Maybe these simple traits are the basis for happiness and greatness.

  • Honesty – for having the courage to see things as they are. Buddha noted that “All sadness derives from seeing things as they are not and making distortions”.

  • Positivity – as in seeking out reasons to be and become resiliently optimistic. As Francis Bacon noted, “Chance favours the prepared mind”. Being prepared is good, but being positively prepared and being alert to new opportunities or serendipity is vital.

  • Gratitude – both important and vital. Acknowledging that success is a team effort recognizes the many heroes involved in the process.


Good luck Venus!

As Venus advances and regains her dominant form, she has expressed appreciation for a loving family and for the fans globally that have been in her corner or rather, on her side of the net. She acknowledges and appreciates their wisdom, support and encouragement.

Because whether Venus prevails and becomes the champion of this tournament, or the next one, or the one after that, she has consistently and always demonstrated much grace and class. For that amazing feat, we wish her the best, and hope that she may be able to eclipse her past and enhance her vision as well.

Update: Venus was eliminated in round of 16. But despite her early exit, Williams is regaining her form. Factor in her winning attitude and not even the sky will be the limit for this re-invented interplanetary sensation.