Beidas had been Lebanon's premier tennis player for the better part of a decade.
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My journey in this great but gut-wrenching sport saw me go from a young boy in Cairo hitting balls for fun, to playing on the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon as a top junior, to studying and playing for one of the most respected college tennis programs in the United States, before finally ending up on the ITF Circuit/ATP Tour.There were times when I had a very low opinion of my tennis self, There were also times when my opinion of my tennis was probably too high.The last time tennis wasn't a big part of my life I was still a boy. Today, for the first time in over 15 years, I am finally able to look at tennis from the outside. Most of us start off playing tennis for the fun of it. Playing to college tennis was the best decision I have made in my entire life.I will forever be a strong advocate for college tennis.Pro tennis and college tennis are almost direct opposites in everything except the ball striking itself.Tennis is a lonely individual sport. In fact, tennis is probably the loneliest sport there is but there is a warped sense of camaraderie. It's sad to see such an amazing and hugely popular sport reward the majority of its athletes so poorly.
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