I am one huge tennis fan and Rafter is my favorite tennis player. I guess that explains my moniker.
Patrick Rafter, from Australia, has won two back-to-back US Open titles and has made two consecutive appearances at the Wimbledon Finals.
I’m no team player. So basketball doesn’t suit me.
I have the tendency to just think about myself and forget about my teammates. That is why I love tennis.
You are accountable to no one but yourself. If you lose, you cannot blame anyone but yourself.
I started playing only in 2000. My friends and I formed a small tennis league and we would compete against each other. That went on for three years.
Outside of the court, we were all the best of friends. But on every match, we made sure we had our game face on.
Just like in the professional league, we had points for every match won. At the end of each year, a trophy was presented to the one with most points.
Tennis is a very competitive game.
It’s about how hard you hit the ball, how fast you serve, how good you volley, and how well you return - a good analogy to life, if I say so myself.
I was ranked number one during our first year and twice the runner up in the next two. Rafter would have been proud.