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Former ATP Pro Eric Butorac was an Australian Open doubles finalist that also reached the semis of two other majors in doubles and climbed to a career-high doubles ranking of No.17 in the world in addition to winning 18 titles. During his career Butorac spent eight years on the ATP Player Council, and in 2014, succeeded Roger Federer as president. The Minnesota native retired in 2016 but since then he has remained in tennis, as the director of player relations and pro tennis operations for the United States Tennis Association.

Recently Butorac gave his first Ted Talk for TEDxBinghamtonUniversity 2017. In it Butorac talks about his experience building small, achievable goals and focusing on the process of personal improvement, in life, in sports, or anywhere.


He traces back to his past, when he was a fan at the Australian Open watching the Bryan Brothers with no clue that he, a Division III 3 tennis player at the time, would ever make it to the top of the sport and later share a boardroom with such ATP legends as Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

He stresses that by building a series of attainable goals and embracing the process as much as the progress, a person can foster an enriching lifestyle full of small victories and big success.

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