This is What I’m Talking About!

Roberta VinciIf you read my blog post titled Then Vs. Now, you know I take issue with the lack of spontaneity, authenticity and even enjoyment shown by today’s professional golfers.  Did you happen to catch Roberta Vinci beating Serena Williams today?  I know that was a tennis match and this is a golf blog, but Vinci’s post-match interview was everything I love about sports and athletes.

Serena Williams was on a path to make tennis history and seemed unbeatable.  Then Roberta Vinci, not even ranked and against all odds, beat her.

The victory itself was incredible, but the way Vinci dealt with it was just as impressive.   I can’t remember seeing as much pure joy, spontaneity and authenticity in an athlete as I did today.

First off, she said the unthinkable.  She apologized.  Yes, you read that right, SHE APOLOGIZED.  She actually had the sensitivity and wherewithal to know that the loss was excruciating for Serena and so many of Serena’s fans.  She went on to say this just must have been her day.

Then she was asked how was she able to believe in herself when the odds were 300 to 1 against her.  I was expecting all the usual sound bites:  “I came to play,” “I envisioned myself winning.”  NOPE.   She said she never thought she could win… the only thing she told herself was to enjoy the match.

She played for the joy of it, and that earned her the biggest win of her life and possibly the biggest upset in sports.  That’s the way it’s supposed to be.



  1. Diane September 12, 2015 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Beautifully written!! Enjoying life and being in the moment, that’s what it’s all about!

  2. Deirdre September 12, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Lovely post. Just what I needed.

  3. Gino Hawley September 12, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Agreed! Great match and true sportsmanship. It’s all about the love of the game, in the end that really matters. Great post, Patty.

  4. Stephanie September 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    i was overjoyed that you were watching tennis! I didn’t get to see the match as I thought it would be another blow out. My loss, but I’m going to watch the highlights for sure.

  5. Diane September 14, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Amen to that.

    And I loved her playfulness during the awards ceremony and obvious delight at her friend’s winning the title.

    Roberta Vinci is the quintessential good sport.

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