Sasson: Allon was born in a dangerous childbirth, in which we almost lost Golli, too, following a difficult, high-risk pregnancy. His early childhood was a real challenge for all of us: He had motor and visual problems, started speaking late, and had lots of allergies. We consulted various Swiss physicians and therapists, and Gollar took care of him around-the-clock, including traveling to St. Moritz often because of his asthma. The air there was good for his asthma, and skiing was good for his motor skills. Golli hated skiing, but it was a worthy sacriﬁce.
The Swiss educational system intended to place Allon in a school for children with special needs, but Gollar refused to accept it, and we sent him to a private English school. Allon always dreamed to go to a certain Swiss Jewish school, and we were all thrilled when he was accepted there for a trial month after graduating from 6th grade in the English school. However, after that month the school authorities said: “Even though it’s music to our ears to hear a child wants to come here, Allon is not suitable for our school.”
This devastating answer was Allon’s turning point: he decided himself that he would never let someone else determine his future again. He worked hard to make it into a prep-class for a Swiss gymnasium, and from then on he started to excel academically. With perseverance and endless effort, he succeeded in acquiring a higher education, studied law at the London School of Economics, and passed his Bar exam in the States.
Today, having managed three world #1 tennis players, including Novak Djokovic, he is renowned and loved by professional players around the globe. He is currently a sports entrepreneur, and helps other ambitious people realize their potential to the fullest. He has authored two books about increasing personal performance.
Allon has been living in Israel for quite a few years now. With his beautiful wife Naomi, he has two lovely, healthy sons, Rafael and David.
The biggest luck of my life is that I was blessed with my parents Gollar and Sasson.
They showed me that it is possible to have a long-lasting and loving marriage that lasts for eternity. This conviction has probably been the most important belief in my life, and allowed me to build an amazing relationship with my wife, Naomi.
I also owe both my parents endless love for everything they have done for me:
Thanks to my mother’s unconditional care, love and belief in me, I was able to overcome serious health issues and learning disabilities, and create the life I have today. I can’t imagine what my life would look like without her, and feel extremely lucky to have had her by my side throughout my life.
Thanks to my father, I developed my religious identity that really allows me to make sense of my life and experiences, and my admiration and love for Israel. Together, we developed a binding passion for tennis, which allowed me to build a career that I truly loved.
I feel so proud of my parents. Although no book can give a true picture of how incredible they both are, I am so happy that they have taken the time to share their stories and experiences with all of us here. I hope we will have many, many more amazing years together, and that we and our children will become the kind of individuals and families that represent their legacy and values in true style.
Let me use this opportunity to thank you both for your unconditional love, guidance and support!
Always yours, Your son Allon
Allon writes about Sasson:
Dear beloved Father,
You’ve asked me to write something for your book, and so I decided to write about two important lessons I have learned from you. They are both about love:
First, I remember as a small kid, how we used to watch tennis matches together, and how we developed this passion and love for the sport that has followed me until this day. These experiences together showed me that it was possible to combine passion and work, and I am immensely grateful to you for giving me that opportunity!
Second, as a child and as a grown-up, I always observed your love and care for your wife, our mother. I realized that there is nothing more important than having a real partner in life with whom one can share all the amazing adventures of life but also ﬁnd refuge and support during more difficult moments. Thanks to your great example, I was fortunate enough to make the perfect decision when choosing my wife, and made it my mission to make her and our kids happy on a daily basis.
These two lessons have allowed me to experience so much joy and happiness. They also serve as an anchor for life, whenever I am not sure about what I should say or do.
On this occasion I want to thank you for having been such an amazing dad, friend and mentor to me. I will always try to make you proud!
Lots of love, Allon
Allon writes about Golli:
My mom had a difficult birth with me, and I had various health issues as a kid. In addition, I was designated to go to a school for kids with special needs.
The reason I didn’t go is because from the day I was born, my mother believed in me, supported me, and did everything she could to give me the best chance to succeed in life and be happy.
In other words, everything I am and everything I have, is thanks to my mom.
In fact, I have achieved some of my biggest dreams: I am healthy and ﬁt; I have worked in sports, did what I loved most, managed some of the best athletes, and really peaked in my dream job; I met the woman of my dreams and have a family that gives me daily joy.
I feel extremely content about how I have evolved as a person.
Without my mom, I doubt this all would have been possible.
I want to add that my mom cares about everyone in her life, seeks solutions, offers support, and does everything she can for anyone who asks. She is such an exceptional woman, with the most amazing values and serious integrity. I just count myself lucky to have her. And so should anyone else she is around!