WATCH: Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and Others Reveal Their Learnings From Coronavirus

Published 08/14/2021, 3:27 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 21, 2020 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi-final match REUTERS/Toby Melville


With the semifinals beginning tomorrow, the National Bank Open is finally entering its closing stages. It has been a joyful ride for the players in Toronto and Montreal. Given how much the world has been affected by COVID, the men’s singles players have revealed the lessons they have learnt this year from the pandemic. Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and many others were a part of this activity.

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National Bank Open asked all the male players about their lessons learnt. Few of the answers were really intriguing, whereas the other answers sounded humble.

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Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, and other players their learnings

In a video posted by the tournament’s Twitter handle, some of the top players in men’s tennis revealed what the seemingly never-ending pandemic has taught them. The players did not have an easy time listing only one thing; however, they did manage to answer the questions with diplomacy.

Stefanos Tsitsipas mentioned a very important saying, “Patience builds purpose.”

Talk about politics or whatever before, saying that we don’t feel free, our parents can control us. But actually in the pandemic, that’s where we felt like we, sometimes during lockdown or whatever, that’s when you don’t have a choice. That’s what I appreciate much more now when I have it,” said Daniil Medvedev, when asked about his learning.

Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a serve as he practices on a day off before playing in the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Living legend Rafael Nadal sees it as “a lesson of humility. You are facing a pandemic like this one, doesn’t matter if you are from a rich country or not, be happy when the things are in the proper way.”

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Now when the phone rings, you try to pick up as fast as you can. Yeah you know, just be close to your loved ones,” said Gael Monfils.

National Bank Open – Men’s Singles Semifinals

After a week of brilliant tennis, four players have made it to the semifinals in Toronto – Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Reilly Opelka, and John Isner. Medvedev will be taking on Isner, whereas Tsitsipas and Opelka go head to head.

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The Russian became the main man in focus after Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament without playing a single match. The number one seed will be aiming for redemption in the North American circuit to better his Olympic performance. His quest for the US Open later this month begins from Toronto itself.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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