Every Friday we will highlight the fitness of top players past and present. This week, turn your losses into positives like Davenport.
Lindsay Davenport is now retired but at her peak during the late 90s and early 2000s, she was an incredible tennis player. She is the winner of 3 grand slam titles. She was the number 1 player in the world for a total of 98 weeks and she won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Lindsay was known for her powerful groundstrokes off of both sides. Davenport was a power player who won her matches by simply overpowering her opponents. She had an effective serve and when she was playing well very few players could compete against her.
Early in her career, Davenport's weaknesses were her movement and her fitness. Lindsay was competing well on tour and was getting ok results but she knew she would do better if she were in better shape. Davenport decided she needed to make a commitment to fitness. She began to eat better and work harder.
Little by little her movement and her conditioning began to improve. Her ranking also began to improve. Lindsay kept it up and over time was able to turn her "losses into positives," and capture the number 1 ranking in the world.
For the reasons mentioned above and more, Lindsay Davenport is our Fitness Friday athlete.
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