QUOTE 2 FEBRUARY 2016
The Australian Open has now come to an end here in Melbourne. So many great matches and amazing lessons that we can all learn from some of the champions.
1 Learn from your losses and set backs
Milos Raonic – Lost to Murray in the semi-finals
“It hurts light hell now at this moment. The heartbreak and the disappoint. Regardless, I will not let this keep me down. That is not how I was raised and that is not the kind of person that I am. I thrive of challenges and of difficult moments that on the other side make me better and make me stronger….. But it’s not the end. Not by any means. I am better than that and I will overcome the challenges my body presents to me, I work far too damn hard and commit every waking moment to tennis, my ambitions and my goals, to not do that. I will grow from this and I will learn…. It may not be today or tomorrow but I am gonna do everything to make sure it’s someday!”
2 Find your enjoyment in what you do
When asked how has she improved so much? “That’s a deep question. I think it really comes down to a number of things,” she said. “Really understanding why I was playing the sport and really finding my enjoyment within the sport, really separating that enjoyment from results was a huge factor. “Because if you live and die with your wins and losses, it’s an incredibly tough lifestyle to live. So really separating myself from that gave me a lot of enjoyment and perspective. And actually, the fact that I hit a yellow ball across the net in some lines gave me some peace also, to realize that I am also working on myself for post tennis.”
“Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands.”
“At the end of the day, you battle yourself the most.”
I know what I am doing every half an hour of the day of matches, I know how many grams in every bit of food I eat….
4 Family comes first always
-Murray was ready to concede his Open title dream to be at heavily pregnant wife Kim Sears’ side if she went into labour a few weeks early.
-Following the shock collapse on the tournament’s first weekend, Sears’ father Nigel, who was at Rod Laver Arena watching the player he coaches, Ana Ivanovic, it was reported that Murray after defeating Joao Sousa in round three, then spent the night at his father-in-law’s bedside.
-It was Murray’s family-first attitude coming to the fore again, which later saw him stay beyond 1am on Open final eve to watch his brother Jamie claim his first grand slam doubles title.
5 You are never too old!
“Best-of-three, best-of-five, I can run for four or five hours. It’s not a problem. I prove it in practice again in the off-season no sweat. So from that standpoint I’m not worried going into long rallies. I know you guys make it a different case. I get that, because you think I’m old and all that. But it’s no problem for me.”
6 When you lose, be a model of grace