With all the boorish behavior among athletes these days, like that exhibited by the subject of my post earlier this week, it's sometimes easy to forget that there have been, and still are, some real class acts in the world of sports. One such gentleman was the late tennis great Arthur Ashe, who gracefully won battles both on and off the court.
I think what he had to say here speaks to the noblest aspects of competition.
"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy."
— Arthur Ashe