By Peter Howell, Fox News Entertainment Reporter
As Venus and Serena Williams line up on court to fight for the coveted “ATP Finals” title, hopefully they can take some lessons from the Oscar-nominated movie “Book Club.”
The Williams sisters both struggled early in their career with staying power, and the story of “Book Club” resonates with everyone who watched the siblings battle through power in a way very few do.
It’s no wonder then, that the biopic Venus and Serena shows similar highs and lows, as the social media sensation and tennis’s No. 1 best friend try to lose their heft, and make better choices, in the limelight.
Meet entrepreneur Michael Smyth, a career tennis player who didn’t fit the mold. I got to know him at a business startup just off East Third Street in Miami Beach, FL. While running a sports and fitness center there I heard great things about a guy I had yet to meet.
That guy was an author, entrepreneur and authoring whiz. When I finally tracked down Michael, he shared with me how he had made the leap from professional tennis to writing and consulting in the world of tech.
After being a successful professional tennis player, Michael Smyth launched a groundbreaking healthcare website that turned into a thriving lifestyle venture. CEO Michael Smyth. Photo credit: Facebook
His 8 page document called Comprehensive Medical Disease Management caught my eye because it is the digital companion to the “American Urological Association for Physicians.”
A former Associate at Hani and Ahmed, founded in 1995, Comprehensive Medical Disease Management, CMDM. It is not a health insurer. It brings together doctors, family members and specialists under one roof to care for people with chronic illnesses like urinary incontinence.
At the company Michael is CEO and CEO, technology is a big part of their business, but even more significant is their pivot from a tennis-related business to a healthcare startup for people suffering from chronic diseases.
At the time of the Founder’s Day celebration, Michael told me he began his career as a professional tennis player, and I wondered if he was considering a return.
Recalling his high-paying tennis career, Michael told me, “I love tennis. It’s hard for me to say ‘I’m done.’ If I had $1 billion, then that could be the thing I would do.”
So even though his technology ventures have made Michael Smyth millions of dollars, tennis is still his passion. He said, “My wife wanted me to change gears and do something different, and I wanted to do something different.”
He has written and has a novel coming out later this year. He also golfs with top athletes, writes a daily column and shares a healthy lifestyle tip every day on his website.
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I always appreciated the importance of health and wellness for Michael because he was diagnosed with high school-level respiratory disease, and was able to live and thrive despite the odds.
As he told me, “I didn’t know then how ill I was. I didn’t even know I was on any medications until I had to rush to the emergency room after winning a tennis tournament.”
After the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, let’s not forget that Michael Smyth has written and has a novel coming out later this year. He also golfs with top athletes, writes a daily column and shares a healthy lifestyle tip every day on his website.
After all, Michael is “a feel-good entrepreneur.”
Peter Howell is the Executive Producer of Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz. Click here for more information on Peter Howell.