The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver are a revelation. There are so many stories of personal challenges. adversity, heartbreak and, of course, victory. Whenever athletes compete directly against each other in international forums there is an intensity that transcends other events.
People who love playing and watching tournament tennis understand this. Tennis is played globally, so tennis players at all levels routinely encounter players from different countries. When the pros play, they are always referred to as being “from” some country and in effect representing their country. This adds to the magic of the battle between competitors. It is an individual battle, but you are always also an “American” or a “Spaniard” etc.
Abigail Lorge, in the ESPN Tennis.com blog notes:
…sitting on my couch night after night, glued to the coverage from Vancouver, I’ve noticed several instances in which tennis and the Winter Olympics have converged.
Every Olympic event has many stories of personal challenges, triumphs and tragedies. Tennis provides these same story lines in every tournament . That is the beauty and the attraction of international sports.