Congrats go out to Andrew Barron Murray, winner of the 127th edition of the Wimbledon Championships. Andy’s coach, as you may know, is Ivan “Robot” Lendl. Yes, that Ivan, the man who seemed like he had no emotions. Surprised was I to discover that he has five (5) daughters:
On September 16, 1989, six days after losing the final of the US Open to Boris Becker, Lendl married Samantha Frankel. They have five daughters: Marika (born May 4, 1990), twins Isabelle and Caroline (born July 29, 1991), Daniela (born June 24, 1993), and Nikola (born January 20, 1998). Lendl retired from tennis in 1994 at the age of 34 with a disability insurance payout for chronic backpain. He transferred his competitive interests to professional golf, where he achieved a win on the Celebrity Tour. Still competitive at the mini-tour levels, Lendl now devotes much of his time to managing the development of his daughters’ golfing abilities.
Two of his daughters (Marika and Isabelle) are members of the University of Florida Women’s Golf Team. Daniela is a member of the University of Alabama Women’s Golf Team. His daughter Caroline walked onto the University of Alabama Women’s Rowing Team for the 2011–2012 academic year, and his daughter Nikola enjoys eventing horses. Lendl has played in the Gary Player Invitational charity Pro-Am many times for friend and golf icon Gary Player.
I spent years rooting against poor Ivan. It was a Cold War thing. (He actually was and is a good guy, villains were needed in tennis and he fit the bill.) So while I pulled for Boris Becker, Mike Chang, Pete Sampras, and Pat Cash, I rooted against poor Ivan. Can I blame his name? Sort of an Ivan Drago thing?
Good message this artist has. As in, get a job and keep it. . .