Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

Teresa represents South Africa at world championships

Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn. That’s advice from Dr Teresa Kruger, South African national tennis player and Executive Consulting Psychologist of Work Dynamics Pretoria. Teresa will be representing South Africa’s Young Senior category at the International Tennis Federation Senior World Championships in Antalya, Turkey in March this year.

She is immensely proud of her selection and says: “This is the first time I’ve been selected for the national team. I’ve tried for about eight years to make it, coming very close twice. I am super excited to represent South Africa. I love this country; it’s a great honour.”

Having played tennis since the age of six, she represented Gauteng East while still at school. For ten year’s Teresa has represented Gauteng Central at the top section of the South African tennis log. Today she plays for Marks Park Tennis Club, which she considers “the best tennis club in the world”.

In 2013 she managed to win the title of South African ladies doubles champion. She also won two gold inter-provincials and one silver title between 2013 and 2014. “I’m still awaiting that elusive national’s singles title, but I’m gunning for it in 2015.”

For Teresa, tennis is more than a game. “One thing I had to learn is that before I could win, I had to learn how to lose. Now if I lose, I see it as a learning opportunity. I don’t harp on it. Some you win, some you learn. Tennis is about individual resilience and team participation. I love the team aspect of the game. The team relies on you”.

“There will be representatives from Spain, Germany Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, USA Mexico, and Canada, amongst others,” says Kruger.

This year the event will be hosted in the beautiful Antalya in Turkey. Considered the best destination for tennis in the world, the town is flanked by the picturesque Mediterranean Sea. Players will be spoilt by beautiful views of the ocean as they enjoy access to seventy five clay tennis courts.

“I am cautiously excited about playing on the clay, because we’re not used to it in South Africa. It’s slow and games are far longer, so one needs to be super fit. I started my training beginning December, and have done well to get into shape,” says Teresa.

Teresa’s performance has helped her both on and off the court. “I’ve always done well to anticipate the other team’s strategy, analysing what they’ll do and most of the time I got it right. I was able to predict how the games will end up and how many will be needed to win. I guess this sensing, analytical and strategic thinking has helped me in business. I expect to win, both on court and in the office. I expect to win tenders and exceed the targets. Sometimes it happens, other times it doesn’t. I have learned to be positive. This has shown in all my results on and off court.”