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I was lucky enough to get some centre court Wimbledon tickets through my local club, Woodside Tennis Club in High Lane. I took my daughter and we had a brilliant day cheering Liam Broady. By coincidence, the fantastic club coach at Woodside, James Greenwood, coached Liam Broady until he was 12 years old. So if you have a rusty racket, or fancy having a go for the first time in a while, contact James. I will be working on my “Federer backhand” a little harder with James. How do you get into the Wimbledon veterans draw? Anyone know? And if you get a chance to visit Wimbledon, grab it with both hands. It is beautiful and the tennis isn’t bad either.

One of the players who myself and Freedom as a whole will of course be cheering for is Andy Murray, Britain’s highest ranked player and the 2013 Wimbledon men’s champion. If we are to be able to cheer a home winner again any time soon then it’s likely that we’ll be cheering for my namesake!

Nowadays, even for the casual tennis viewer, it is perfectly natural to put Murray up there with the Federers, Nadals and Djokovics; the clutch of players that can almost always be relied upon to reach the later rounds, compete in the finals and walk away with the trophies, both major and minor.

The man who would be Wimbledon champion lost his first ever professional match to Jan Hernych in Barcelona. Hernych, for the non-tennis fans out there, has never been ranked higher than 59th, has never gone past the third round in a major championship and has a career record to date of 77 wins and 115 losses. In his first Wimbledon, now ranked 312th in the world, Murray lost in straight sets in the third round to David Nalbandian.

By 2006 though, Murray was beginning his rise. He was one of only two players that year to defeat Roger Federer. In 2007, he reached the Wimbledon quarter final and the final of the US Open. By 2013, he had won both events and been to the final of the Australian Open three times.

How did this happen? How and why did the young man from Scotland rise above so many other players, to the point he is at now? How did Andy Murray do what we all want to do: reach that ideal future and attain the things we want in life?

The answer is, of course, complex but here are just two parts of it that contain lessons for all of us, striving to get to where we want to be in life.

He currently works with former women’s world number one, Amélie Mauresmo and former men’s world number four, Jonas Björkman. Hire the best people. Tell them what you want to achieve. Listen to their advice.

Know what you want, or work with someone that can tell you. Murray is lucky in this regard. As a sports player, it’s easy to have a single goal: be the best you can be. But to get to where Murray is now, you have to have a more specific goal: be the best in the world, win Wimbledon, beat Federer. Having a goal to ‘be the best you can be’ is like having a goal to ‘enjoy your retirement’. We all want that, but what does it actually mean to you specifically? If your goals are like Murray’s were at first then work on them and achieving them will suddenly become possible. Let’s break things down into steps to make it easier to achieve your main goals but don’t take your eye off the “big picture” or “the ball”!

That’s about all I can manage to draw out on the parallels between tennis championships and financial planning for now.


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