Sports Parenting

Meeting a Legend

It’s not often in life that you have the opportunity to meet a legend.  Lucky for my son, it happened this past weekend when Ivan Lendl just so happened to be coaching one of the players in the tournament my son was playing.

My son was on court playing his semifinal match when I spotted Mr. Lendl walking up the steps.  At first, I couldn’t figure out who he was though I knew he looked very familiar.  Then, the caffeine kicked in, and I realized it was Ivan Lendl – WOW WOW WOW!  I was beyond thrilled to get the chance to see him and talk to him (well, to say hi and ask if he would mind posing for a picture)!  I mean, how many times have I watched him play on tv, in awe of his incredible tennis skill?

Those who know me know that I’m anything but shy, so I didn’t hesitate to walk over to him and introduce myself then ask for a photo.  He was very gracious, even though he was there as a coach and had work to do.

Later in the day, after my son had finished playing, he, too, got the opportunity to say hello to Lendl and pose with him for a picture.  I’m not sure, at age 15, that my son fully realizes how awesome it is to meet Ivan Lendl, but I have a feeling that he will cherish this photograph and will show it to his own children and grandchildren some day and say, “Once, I got to meet a legend.”

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