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5 Tennis Players Who Need to Step It Up

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Most great tennis players, and great athletes, will tell you that they always have something to prove when they go out on court, no matter what they’ve already achieved. That involuntary drive to succeed is what made them so good in the first place. After 10 NBA titles, Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics said he wanted to prove to himself that he could do it one more time, because each win felt like the first. His fellow basketball legend Michael Jordan said that having a new live audience every night motivated him to show them what he could do, even if they had seen it a thousand times on TV.

For tennis players, the desire is perhaps more pronounced and primal. Whatever you’ve done in the past, there’s a competitive instinct that takes over and makes you...

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