Obviously Nadal didn’t talk with words; but he sent this message to Ljubicic “fighting for every ball” with all his courage and determination. For all players is hard to know the opponent is waiting for your first signal of weakness. We could think even of the “magic” Federer.
Probably everybody knows, or can guess, that Nadal won the final (7/6 in final set). Did he was sure of victory? No, he just was fighting for an opportunity. Nobody has warranty of success (what is success?) and this is why is interesting tennis competition and everything we do in life. We feel happy when we get something that we weren’t sure to get.
We can understand easily the way to see competition for Nadal with his words after match. -Interviewer “Were you nervous? What do you think in so difficult moments?”
-Nadal “Yes, I am nervous. Then I think. If I am nervous, my opponent must be nervous as well”. The next words of Nadal could be “...therefore, I continue fighting for every ball”. Very simple, very clever. He don’t waste his thoughts around bad feelings, he just think how to win next point...” I think Mike, Nadal is the perfect example of philosophy of your academy. Best regards, Guti
Godin writes: 'I think laziness has changed. It used to be about avoiding physical labor. The lazy person could nap or have a cup of tea while others got hot and sweaty and exhausted. Part of the reason society frowns on the lazy is that this behavior means more work for the rest of us. When it came time to carry the canoe over the portage, I was always hard to find. The effort and the pain gave me two good reasons to be lazy. But the new laziness has nothing to do with physical labor and everything to do with fear. If you're not going to make those sales calls or invent that innovation or push that insight, you're not avoiding it because you need physical rest. You're hiding out because you're afraid of expending emotional labor. This is great news, because it's much easier to become brave about extending yourself than it is to become strong enough to haul an eighty pound canoe" Hmmm...What does this mean for us as coaches and players? Do we hide because we're not willing to expend emotional labor? And what exactly does emotional labour mean? I think that links really nicely into some recent thoughts around being competitive - the ability to choose one's response (responsibility), attending to 'errors', choosing helpful 'attentional' material and working hard to overcome negative self-talk. Yep, laziness can definitely take on a new meaning here - an emotional one rather than a physical one.
Drogba's attention is fixed on ball and target as he scores this penalty. After placing the ball on the spot last night (Champions league match v Spartak Moscow which Chelsea won 4-1) were there some feelings of doubt, fear, anxiety whilst he was waiting for the whistle to blow? Of course. Did he overcome them with the trained mind of a competitor? His clinical finish into the corner out of the goalie's reach proved that.
A number of Everyball players excelled this past week in competition. Scarlet Hutchinson won her second event of the week, a two day county event at Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre. Toby Rogers won the Boys 12&U's at the Riverside Grade 3 event in Bedford, and then followed this up with a great 5th place finish at the season's first 12&U Grand Prix in Tipton (an event involving the top 12&U boys in Great Britain). Sam Gough was a finalist in the Boys 12&U in Essex, and Daniel Dean had a great run to the finals of an Orange Winter National Tour Event, whilst Darcey Roe was also victorious in a Mini Orange Grade 3 event. Congratulations to all players involved. Good luck to Alex Clark who competes this week in Belgium and to Victoria Pisani who heads off shortly to Sweden. Katy Dunne has returned from a two week tour in Asia where she has gained valuable experience and further ITF points (her world ranking now stands at 208) and now looks forward to a trip to Mexico in 3 weeks time.
A superbly 'competitive' Wozniacki finishes the year as World's Number 1