I have been watching the Austrian Open this past week and noted along with a million viewers that there has been a shift in the game as we know it.
Top seeded players such as Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Angeline Kerber have all. Wen knocked out in the first week.
Novak Djokovic is seeded number 2 and among all his many achievements is a six time Australian Champion.
Andy Murray is the world number one player and so is Angelique Kerber.
However we watched as Dennis Istomin ranked number 117 defeated Novak.
We witnessed Angelique Kerber loose to Coco Wandewegne seeded number 35 and Andy Murray lost to Mischa Zverev seeded number 30.
As I sat there watching probably with my mouth wide open in amazement I couldn't help but reflect and think of life as a single mother.
We are faced with insurmountable stacks such as; "children from divorced parents are more likely to suffer negative outcomes" and "never married parents tend to raise children worse than divorced single parents."
I am not ignorant to the challenges single mothers are faced with daily with raising their children for I am one myself. However I don't believe or agree that we should be labelled and our children boxed in due to our status.
I choose instead to live and raise my children without limitation or expectation.
From my own point of view I don't believe that Dennis Istomin, Coco Wandeweghe and Mischa Zverev got on the court that day with a defeated mind set. I strongly believe they were determined to give it their best against all odds.
Tennis is a lone sport in the sense that unlike team sports there is no one there to cheer you on and encourage you on the court.
Players have to have a strong mindset and belief system in themselves to get them through.
Life as a single mum is very similar in that way that we usually don't have someone cheering us on and we have to make crucial decisions on our own regarding our children and lifestyles.
Dennis Istomin's said to the commentators after his victory that " I feel sorry for Novak because I was playing good today." He is now ranked number 33.
Against all odds, single mothers can raise their children to be the most effective human beings in the world. Against all odds our children can stand out against all the negativity predicted over them and be the best children in the school, at soccer, dance class, daycare, university.
The world is waiting for us to fail because the odds are stacked against us.
I am determined not to be another statistic but to raise my children well with with what I have against all odds.
I have set my mind to finish well - against all odds.
This Australian single mother author has chosen to remain anonymous. Certain facts may have been changed to protect the identities of any parties concerned.
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