What’s so impressive about the big names in the game isn’t just what they can do - again and again - in tournament play. What they do the rest of the time is, if anything, even more inspiring. It’s so easy to take for granted the incredible athleticism, stamina and sheer competitive drive that the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray demonstrate every time they set foot on the court.
But the truth is what we see on court is just the tip of the iceberg. What we see is the product and the outcome of dedicated regimes of diet, exercise, skills-based training and so much more. What we take easily for granted is the way those guys are competing 24/7. Everything they eat, everything the drink and just about every other aspect of their lives, 365 days a year, is a competition to be the best to top the rankings and to be the bookmakers’ favourite.
Imagine turning your breakfast into a competition every day to make it just that little bit more effective than the other guy’s. No wonder they are so emotional when they win. Those guys really do put just about everything on the line.