The sport of tennis has given us some great success stories over the years. There have been players who have defied the boundaries of society and made their countries and families proud.
Once considered an abode of the rich, over the years, tennis has seen the rise of athletes from new countries and backgrounds. Most of that can be attributed to the motivation generated by the success of those that came before them and conquered.
Almost all these stories have the principle of hard work and determination at their core. The Instagram page of ATP Tour curated some of the best motivational quotes by tennis stars to rejuvenate our Mondays. Honestly, a little motivation in these stagnant quarantine times would hurt nobody.
The first quote in this list is by the most popular and arguably the best tennis star in history. We are talking about the Swiss maestro Roger Federer. Roger’s quote signifies a very characteristic feature of his personality. The maestro is known for being one of the most balanced personalities.
“I fear no one but respect everyone.”
The next quote is by a very special person. Arthur Ashe is known for being the first black person to win the Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. The American legend gives us the mantra for realising the American Dream.
“Success is a journey, not a destination.”
There can’t be any list of elite tennis stars without the Mallorcan bull Rafael Nadal. After going through lots of ups and downs, Rafa has cemented his place in the tennis history books. Nadal gives us a general tip to rationalise our failures.
“If you don’t lose, you cannot enjoy the victories.”
Long before the era of the Big 3, Bjorn Borg dominated the world of tennis. An 11-time grand slam winner, Borg redefined success in tennis. He explains in his quote how the way to the top is a lonely path to traverse.
“You have to find it. No one else can find it for you.”
Novak Djokovic seemed like just another tennis star who would be a victim of the era that had produced Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. However, at the onset of the decade, Novak decided that he wasn’t going to be another name in the shadows. In fact, he went on to become the most successful player in the last ten years. For Novak, the key to success was belief.
“Your belief should be stronger than your doubt.”
Hard work always pays off. The case of Stan Wawrinka is a living example. Coming from Switzerland, he was destined to remain in the shadows of Roger Federer. However, in the mid-2010s, Wawrinka proved everyone wrong by winning three grand slams. At a time when the Big 3 we’re wreaking havoc, Wawrinka carved his own path to success.
“Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again. Fail better.”
Jimmy Connors held the World number 1 ranking for a then-record 160 weeks. Obviously, you require an eternal winning spirit for that. The quote by Connors reveals the spirit that enables him to win it all.
“I hate to lose more than I love to win.”
Andy Murray has been one of the hardest working tennis stars. He has been searching for his individuality in the Big 3 era. In fact, he has even trounced them for the World no 1 ranking and two Olympic gold medals.
“In tennis it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself.”
Which was your favourite motivational quote by these champions of tennis?