I have been watching Agnieszka Radwanska play for the last seven years. The first time that I saw her was when she was playing an ITF tournament in Minsk when she was 16. I remember really well how surprised I was that she was so creative and smart on the court. When I discussed my opinion with some coaches, I was told “No way, Radwanska will never reach top 50 because she is not strong enough and does not have the physical ability to hit the ball like the top players do”. Less than one year later, she broke into the top 100 at 17 years of age, and in just two more years, she reached the top 10. But skeptics continued to say “She has zero chance of becoming a star, she is just lucky. She does not have a strong 110 mph serve and her ground strokes are not very powerful. She will phase away soon”.
Yes, for some tennis coaches and players, it is impossible to understand that a tennis player can be in the top 10 without all that stuff. Maybe it’s because they do not want or cannot understand that there are naturally gifted players who cannot be created with 30+ hours a week of tennis, fitness and millions of dollars of investment. To play like Agnieszka Radwanska or Martina Hingis, you have to have been kissed by a tennis god when you were born.
Today we saw a great match, a showcase of powerful tennis vs. smart tennis. Serena Williams, a great tennis player of the open era won her fifth Wimbledon championship title. Congratulations to Serena.
But I want to give a special thanks to Agnieszka Radwanska for her smart and creative play. She saves the beauty in tennis. Her play is a good reason for some coaches and players to think that Boom-Boom tennis won’t completely dominate in the future. Smart tennis is still alive and the #2 in the world, Agnieszka Radwanska, proved it.
I hopes she continues surprising the tennis world and keeps showing us intelligent and creative play, also without any yelling or bad acting on the tennis court.