Novak Djokovic’s Thoughtful ‘Human Being’ Critique Gets Fervently Backed by Iga Swiatek’s Psychologist

Published 12/11/2023, 7:47 AM EST

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The world number 1, Novak Djokovic recently delivered a statement that redefined the meaning of true achievement in sports. He talked about how players should not just focus on winning and being successful, but they should create some room for failures and doubts as well. After all, players are not machines, they are human beings. And surprisingly a lot of people backed him up on this, and recently, Iga Swiatek‘s psychologist became a part of this.

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One of the people who backed him up was from the team of Iga Swiatek. It was her psychologist, Daria Abramowicz. She talked about how Djokovic was right in claiming that players are more than just winners who return successfully. She even applauded him for it.

Iga Swiatek’s psychologist backs up Novak Djokovic’s opinion on player’s mindset

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Djokovic had previously talked about how having an optimistic mindset for players does not mean that there is no place for failure and doubts. They are human beings and the biggest champions tend to indulge in all kinds of emotions. His statement now received appreciation from Abramowicz, who commented on Djokovic’s message.

Backing up his point, Iga Swiatek’s psychologist Daria Abramowicz shared his post on her official Twitter account and along with that also wrote a caption to support his point. She added, “Athletes are, first and foremost, human beings.”

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She even made an applauding emoji to appreciate the point raised by Djokovic. It is understandable why Swiatek went for a psychologist in the first place. Being number for so long is not easy. There is a lot of pressure involved not just physically, but mentally as well. And probably that is why she decided to have a psychologist by her side.

It is extremely true that being at the top comes with its own psychological burdens. In fact, Swiatek recently also shared how having to carry the title of number 1 was very overwhelming for her.

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Iga Swiatek opens up on the pressure that comes with being the world number 1

Swiatek shared how she was expecting Aryna Sabalenka to end the season as number 1 because she had a great season. Also, partly she was getting overwhelmed with the pressure she was feeling from the expectations of the fans. Especially during the middle of the season. So, she decided to not focus on the rankings and just put her game out there.

She said, “I just preferred to focus on other things, because the pressure related to the No. 1 spot was a bit overwhelming in the middle of the season. For this reason, I didn’t play very freely until the US Open”. 

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Iga Swiatek felt the pressure of wearing a crown that could slip at any moment. She then decided to turn her focus around and make things work out for her instead of taking the pressure. Djokovic has experienced such pressure often, and now his words of wisdom have resonated with the world of psychology too. What are your thoughts on it?

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Ishmeet Kaur

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Growing up, I was always drawn to tennis and would spend hours watching matches on TV. It's no surprise that I eventually pursued a career in sports journalism, with a focus on the racket sport.?As a tennis sportswriter for EssentiallySports, I've had the opportunity to cover some of the biggest tournaments.
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