Tokyo-As the topic of athletes’ mental health and stress was discussed at the Olympics, Novak Djokovic Say “stress is a privilege”.
The number one Serb was asked how he Respond to the pressure of trying to complete something that no one has ever done in tennis: complete the golden slam.
Steffi Graf was the only tennis player to win the Golden Slam in 1988, winning all four Grand Slam events and Olympic gold medals in the same calendar year.
“Stress is a privilege, my friend,” Djokovic When answering a reporter’s question after two victories, he said his In a match held at Ariake Tennis Park on Wednesday, he defeated Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to enter the singles quarter-finals, and then teamed up with partner Nina Stojanovic in He won again in the first round of the mixed doubles.
“There can be no professional sports without stress,” Djokovic Add to. “If your goal is to be the best in the game, you better start learning how to deal with stress and how to deal with those moments-in The court But also closed The court. “
DjokovicHe has won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year. It takes the Tokyo Olympic champion and the US Open trophy to complete the Golden Slam. he Have learned to deal with all expectations.
“All the hum and all the noise is, I can’t say I didn’t see it or I didn’t hear it, of course it’s there, but I’ve learned that I’ve developed a mechanism I deal with it the way I cause damage. It won’t let me down,” Djokovic Say. “I think I have enough experience to know how to step on The court Play my best tennis. “
Djokovic Struggle more with mental stress in the beginning his When is the occupation he They didn’t win as much as their old rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He won this month’s Wimbledon title, which matched Federer and Nadal’s 20th Grand Slam tournament.
“Of course. This is normal,” Djokovic Say. “No one is born with these abilities. These abilities come over time.”
Tennis player Naomi Osaka and American gymnast Simone Byers are among the Olympians who openly talk about their mental health problems.
DjokovicThe only Olympic medal is the singles bronze medal his It made its debut in the Olympic Games in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. he Then he lost to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the next two games: the bronze medal in 2012 and the first round of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
“Rio was (a) a very difficult defeat for me,” Djokovic Say. “I came to Rio as a big favorite, winning four of the past five Grand Slams, No. 1 in the world. So I know that feeling; it feels a bit similar now. But I am a more experienced player. ; I know mentally what I need to do and how to solve the problem intermittently The court In order to feel the best feeling. “
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