Commonplace: Lendl.

November 1st, 2007

“People will sometimes ask me, ‘How much talent did you have in tennis?’ I say, ‘Well, how do you measure talent?’ Yeah, sure, McEnroe had more feel for the ball. But I knew how to work, and I worked harder than he did. Is that a talent in itself? I think it is.”

–Ivan Lendl in The New Yorker.

2 Responses to “Commonplace: Lendl.”

  1. Grinding it out. -- Hoover’s Business Insight Zone Says:

    […] But when they must, they slog it out, grinding out play after play, game after game. A paragon of this approach was Ivan Lendl: he wasn’t an elegant tennis player, but he was fitter than all of his opponents, and he would grind out hard, accurate baseline strokes by the dozen, probing the defenses of flashier, more fluid athletes like John McEnroe until he built an impregnable advantage. […]

  2. Book memo: Mindset, by Carol Dweck. -- Hoover’s Business Insight Zone Says:

    […] Lendl understood the advantage that his work ethic gave him over his flashier, more gifted rival John McEnroe, whom Dweck singles out (maybe a wee bit too much) as the poster child for the fixed mindset. McEnroe didn’t like to practice nearly as much as Lendl, and he often complained about bad calls from umpires or anything else that disturbed his need for perfect conditions on the court. […]

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