The Recognition Minute
Trophies for Djokovic - Commitment and Hard Work Pays Off February 22 2017, 0 Comments
How often does a starry-eyed child sit at the sidelines of a champion playing a great game of tennis and dream of being a champion one day? It has been said before that if you don’t have a dream, how can you make a dream come true? So, I suppose dreaming about trohpy’s, medals and badges of honour are a good start.
In the tennis world, currently we have the Big Four – Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and Federer. No one has won more men’s singles grand slam tournaments than Federer’s seventeen and amongst is awards you will find four Indian Wells trophies.
Nadal claimed the French open nine times, a record so far unbeaten. Djokovic captured the Australian Open for the fifth time in February, matching Federer’s Open Era haul. And Murray? No more need be said. He's a champion and his mantelpiece is cluttered with all sorts of medals and trophies.
Each of these men were little dreamers once and they dreamed big. But what were the realities that they faced in order to reach such heights and raise so many trophies?
I suppose one could say that Djokovic did not just dream. "Talent, hard work, commitment to the sport and having Federer, Nadal and Murray around," was his answer when asked by a CNN reported recently. Earning trophies all starts with the individual. “You have to be able to put in the hours of practice and make many sacrifices,” said Djokovic.
Clearly, the promise competing in the final, of having a record marked against your name and magnificent trophy or golden medal is part of the incentive. Without trohphies and awards, perhaps tennis would have remained a family game for the back garden.
What is interesting is that Djokovic attributes his success partly to having excellent competition along the way. All said and done, he emphasized that hard work is what did it in the end.
Any worthwhile trophy will attract talent. The winner will raise his award and think back on months of thankless training, interrupted social life and dogged commitment to the sport, all for the sake of a win. And in the case of Novak Djokovic, what a winner!
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In a Tennis Dream February 05 2017, 0 Comments
"It feels like I'm in a dream," said Peers, who is coming off a title run at the Australian Open with Henri Kontinen. And his partner, Groth was feeling in equally great form when he said “We came up to do a job and I thought we played great today. I’ve played as good a match as I’ve played all year.”
Such was the ecstasy of the Australian doubles winners who triumphed over Czech pair, Jan Satral and Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 30 minutes, which include 11 aces.
The 28-time champion Aussie squad has not dropped a set through three matches, including singles routs by Jordan Thompson and Nick Kyrgios on Friday. Played at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, former venue of the Australian Open, Groth and Peers powered their nation into its second World Group quarter-final in three years. They will face either Switzerland or the United States next.
While the world watches this global tour, every day in SA, children are earning their trophies and medals on the tennis courts around the country. They are inspired by the professionals powering ahead, earning their awards. They are also inspired by the many who teach them, so painstakingly, to hit the ball over the net and not give up! So, remember, when you win an award or are presented with a trophy, somewhere along the line of your success, you will need to thank a teacher. Tennis trophies to be seen here:
Williams, Federer and Nadal January 29 2017, 0 Comments
Yesterday was a family affair, where two blood sister fought to win the ladies Australian Open championships. It is not the first time they have faced off in professional tennis. This was a record-breaking event, with Serena taking full honours. She was heard to have said, "Its a win for the family". Such was the spirit of her achievement, shared with the whole family, and no less with Venus and their fans.
Today, two more champions battle it out, providing enthralling tennis at it's best. What is it within a man when two games down, fights to win back his position and a whole lot of respect to boot. Such stamina, character, fortitude and grit is supported by the prospect of winning, raising trophies, wearing medals and many people from teachers, coaches and family giving their all for the reward, alongside. The duce! And now, 14:15 SA time - Federer wins the men's singles, Australian open, 2017. What champions!
TENNIS AND TROPHIES January 19 2017, 0 Comments
It is Australian Open time again, the first on the annual calendar of four grand slam tournaments. Each year, about this time, tennis fans gather to watch the drama of hard-won tennis matches. Who will lift the final trophy is always top of mind but that is only a small part of this major competition. It is also who will get the medals along the way to victory and who might upset the cart by stealing a match from a favourite, right under their noses.
Lifting the winning trophy, a weighty, silver, perpetual cup is a dream most of us won’t realise in a lifetime but we can be part of the glory of victory it all when these awards are presented.
The Men’s Singles trophy, called the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after a former Australian tennis champion, has a history. It bears hallmarks of London, dated 1906, making it 111 years old this year. Standing proudly at 43cm high, including the plinth, it bulges to an overall width of 39cm, including the impressive handles. The design was based on a large marble vase, dated second century AD, found in 1770 in what was the gardens of Emperor Hadrian’s villa. The original vase would have been of the best that Rome had to offer to satisfy the emperor and, therefore, represents the excellence that is dished up on the court today!
The trophy is what we see and applaud. What else awaits the winner? This year, the singles winners (both mens’ and women’s) can look forward to a cool $3.7 million, which translates into a neat 50 Million Rand. If you feel that a win is out of reach, you could bow out with 5 Million at the Quarter finals, which would at least buy you a new pair of shoes and a ticket home with a suite case full of change.
If you play tennis, coach tennis or are in charge of selecting the trophies for you club or school, have a look here:
http://www.prestigeawards.co.za/search?q=tennis&x=0&y=0 for a wide variety of options, and make your event a grand slam to remember.