Steve Flink, by all counts, is tennis' greatest historian. He knows what it is to put you in the moment. His monographs, The Greatest Tennis Matches of the 20th Century and The Greatest Tennis Matches of All-Time, make for wonderful reading as if you were at Center Court Wimbledon.
At age 12 he moved to London with his Dad. From there, it was being exposed to the world of tennis in different countries, being introduced and working with famous chroniclers and writers like Bud Collins. And so it came to be, Steve has never looked back. And the tennis world is fortunate to have him. CBS Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN and MSG all have had Steve do commentary and statistician work.
In 2017, Steve was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the Contributor Category, along side tennis greats Kim Clisters and Andy Roddick. What an honor.
As we often talk about, leaders exhibit a sense of curiosity. Steve said "Knowing what's around the corner" is what keeps him going today. He's always learning, giving him fresh insights in to players, matches and tennis lore.
When Steve talks about the great players like Federer, Evert, Connors, Arthur Ashe, Nadal, they are great champions because of their character, their willingness to commit themselves to something they are deeply passionate about and believe in.
I can say the same for Steve. He's a leader, that exhibits passion, belief, authenticity and curiosity. Sounds like a recipe for being the best he can.