An extended clip from the ground-breaking series, The Thread, exploring what connects different Aussie icons who broke away from the pack. Full episode on Pat Rafter here: https://goo.gl/pHR7sy
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Hugh: You were still beating players like Agassi and Sampras on the world stage?
Pat: Yep. I was still having success against those guys, yeah.
Pat: I was handy enough, mate, to yeah. But I wasn’t consistently as good as these guys, you know? And I just was never that good. I lost to players those guys probably didn’t lose to either. It wasn’t because I didn’t try. I just wasn’t sometimes- You know, I had my bad days. I always felt like I wasn’t as talented as a lot of other people. But what I did do was I trained hard and I worked hard and that will get you so far and with a certain amount of talent will get you, you know, obviously, for me it got me to the very top. But if I was more like Agassi or someone or Sampras, I’d train, I don’t think Sampras was a very hard worker. I’d like to think if he trained even harder, he’d have been even better.
► About Pat Rafter
Pat Rafter is one of Australia’s most loved sports stars. A former world number one tennis player, he won 11 career singles titles including two US Opens and a Davis Cup. He also won 10 doubles titles including the Australian Open and earnt over $12 million in total career prize money. Since retiring, he’s been named Australian of the Year, inducted into the International Tennis and Sport Australia halls of fame, coached Australia’s Davis Cup team and had centre court of the Queensland Tennis Centre named in his honour.
►About The Thread
Two mates sit down with 10 iconic Australians to figure out how they broke away from the pack. Hugh and Jack seek out leaders of wide-ranging fields: adventure, sport, business, philanthropy, medicine, law and literature to uncover the common thread that binds them.
The interview subjects are household names famed for remarkable and well-told stories, but rarely have they been asked how they did it, how they define success and whether anyone can do what they’ve done.
Armed with meticulous research and uncomfortably simple questions, we elicit intriguing, inspiring and often unexpected insights from an eclectic bunch of trailblazers.
Check out all 10 full episodes here: https://goo.gl/uQDYfu
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