There is a saying in Japan that we can learn a little from our victories and a lot from our defeats. On Sunday, an 18-year-old new player in the world of Tennis won a huge title while a player who was just one step away from creating history by winning the final match lost it. And both of them can’t believe their luck.
Many of you will find this to be sports news. This news may have come from the playground, but there is a great philosophy of life hidden in it. And that philosophy is that where should man’s desire to get more stop?
Today, we will tell you the story of 34-year-old famous tennis player Novak Djokovic, who wants to become the greatest player in the world at any cost. And had he won the US Open Championship yesterday, he would have become the greatest player in the world. But he lost in the final and could not accept his defeat. In anger, he broke his racket and couldn’t stop crying.
Djokovic lost all three sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to the Russian player. While Emma won the match 6-2, 6-4 with the Canadian tennis player. People generally see the sports new only from the point of view of the score but no one knows how much blood and sweat players shed behind this score.
When Emma and Djokovic started playing the US Open, victory was important for both. For Emma because she had a world ranking of 150 at the start of the competition. The world was not familiar with her and she had a match with the great tennis players. For Djokovic, if he won this Grand Slam, the world would have known him as the greatest player of tennis ever. He would have broken Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams. But Djokovic lost despite being close to this title and Emma won this title even though she was away.
It was because Emma was playing to be successful and Djokovic was playing with the burden of success. While losing in the second set of the final match, Djokovic hit his racket on the court over and over again until it broke. The burden of success was clearly visible in his anger. But both humility and simplicity were visible in Emma’s victory.
When Emma landed in this tournament, there was no burden of success on her. There was no baggage. Even if she lost, it might not have made much difference. Emma booked her return ticket only after the initial rounds because she did not believe that she would reach the finals. Whereas Djokovic had landed on the court with the desire to get more. That’s why when he did not succeed, he was filled with anger while Emma kept smiling from beginning to end.
Emma stood at the bottom of the ladder of success and Djokovic was at the top. But by the end of this competition, the place of both of them changed. And their nature played a big role in this.
Emma’s story begins with victory, as Djokovic’s journey appears between defeat and despair. After the loss in the final match, when he had tears in his eyes, a poster was waved in the 23,000 people crowd who came to watch the match, on which was written ‘Greatest of All Time’. Djokovic wanted to create history by winning the 21st Grand Slam of his career but he could not do so.
Djokovic’s loss and frustration also gave an international forum to the question – is a successful player great? Or a great player is one who remains humble and simple even in his failure. You can understand this with an example from another famous tennis player, Roger Federer.
In the year 2019, Djokovic lost to Roger Federer in the final match of Wimbledon. The match lasted about five hours and Federer’s chances of victory were high. But he lost and after this defeat, Federer’s nature was completely different. Federer congratulated Djokovic with a smile and said that accepting defeat is also an art and to master this art, it is more important to be easy and simple as a human than being a player.
Like Djokovic, the US Open was equally important for Rafael Nadal. But he was out of the competition due to a leg injury. The conditions for Nadal were in many ways more difficult than for Djokovic. He could not play due to a leg injury. But in the picture he posted on Instagram two days ago, there was no frustration or tension on his face. Nadal is on a par with Djokovic and Federer in the race for the greatest tennis players. But you will not see its stress on their face.
We are not saying that Djokovic is bad. Whatever happens in life, every person’s reaction to it is different. But the real personality of any person is recognized only when he is going through a bad time. The behaviour of a person in bad times only shows his true personality. And it’s not like Djokovic did it the first time, out of desperation from defeat. Recently, he threw his racket into the stands in the bronze medal match of the Tokyo Olympics.
In the US Open held last year too, he took out a tennis ball from his pocket during the defeat and hit the lineman. He did the same in the same year at the Australian Open.
The burden of wanting to get more cannot be measured in kilograms. Its weight is understood after losing mental peace. So put more emphasis on trying more in life than wanting to get more.