The first time I saw Esther Vergeer, I was shocked, thrilled, embarrassed. In that order. You probably don’t know her, but Vergeer happens to be the most dominant athlete in the world. Maybe of all time. She retired Tuesday.
She’s a wheelchair tennis player who didn’t lose one time last year. Or the year before that. Or the year before that. Or the year before that.
Or nearly six years before that. Vergeer said she was proud of her accomplishments, but that “keeping going would not add anything.’’
Well maybe not for her. But Vergeer added plenty to the sports world, giving a face to para-athletic sports more so than anyone other than Oscar Pistorius. Vergeer added understanding and compassion to the world. She also was just a damned good tennis player.
If you missed a chance to see her play, or even to have your kids see her, well that’s too bad. We take people like her for granted, and then one day they’re gone.
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