Even if you’re not a tennis fan, I’m sure you’ve heard the name Roger Federer. Roger is one of the most accomplished athletes of all time, and is considered by many to be the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) of the tennis world. Roger is also 39 and has recently had two knee surgeries.
This past week Roger has been playing in the French Open. After winning his third round match last night, he announced today that he would be withdrawing from the tournament. Here is his official statement:
“After discussions with my team, I’ve decided I will need to pull out of the French Open today. After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery.”
You can read more here- Roger Federer Withdraws From The French Open
What Roger did is very instructional. He recognized that his body was giving him signs of not being ready for more physical/mechanical stress, so he erred on the side of caution and decided to take a break. All of us (even those who have never touched a tennis racquet) can learn from what he did.
7 months ago I wrote an article about the need for rest and recovery and about the need to NOT cover up the warning signs that our body gives us that tell us we need it. It was written in response to a TV ad that was trying to convince us otherwise, hence the title of the article. If you are dealing with pain in your body, I think it would benefit you to read it.
You can do so by clicking here- I Got Angry When I Saw This On TV
On another note, as you may know I am now in a new phase of my practice. On June 1st I stopped taking all new clients. My friend and fellow MAT Specialist Aaron Nikou is set to be here in another few months, at which time we will begin taking new clients again.
Those that have worked with me in the past are not considered “new”, so I will continue to avail myself (within my very limited windows of availability) to work with them as I slowly progress towards being more part time. I’m not sure how exactly it will all play out, but I know it’ll be fun!
Thanks for being on the journey with me.
May God bless you abundantly!!