Miranda Hart revealed, in a Behind The Racquet story, that she had dreamed to be a tennis player, but the obstacles in her life stopped her journey towards achieving her wish. However, her love for tennis is brighter than ever and that’s why tennis still plays a big role in her physical and moral life.
“Tennis means a huge amount to me. I dreamt of being a pro and could have been good but life and injury conspired against me. It gives me more reason to be inspired by those who dedicate their life to follow their tennis passion and make it on to the tour, at whatever level.
I am moved, inspired, excited and challenged when I watch tennis players,” said Miranda. Moreover, the actress - who is most known for her roles in Spy, Miranda, and Call the Midwife -, expanded on what makes her follow tennis so closely.
“The mental resilience to be out there alone, the pressure at the top and the struggle at the bottom are extreme. Certain matches and players have had a big impact on my life in gathering courage, believing in myself, staying in the moment, keeping fit or to just be full of deep joy watching the sheer skill on display.
There are many reasons but I think principally, because it’s a sport that is a battle of the individual, it’s paradoxically uniting. You feel empathy for players as you know how emotionally tough it must be, as well as physically.
You empathise because every one of us has felt pressure, exhaustion, aloneness and stress, whatever our circumstances. We all struggle”. Miranda’s admiration for tennis players made her play tennis again, even if we’re talking about a smaller version of it.
“Tennis players have to deal with so much, whether we recognise it consciously or not during a match. These are the many reasons for me to admire this unique gladiatorial sport and why I am slowly taking up tennis again via @touchtennis”, said Miranda.