Tennis – the perfect demonstration that winning in sport is as much mental as it is physical. Andy Murray is not alone in his earlier-than-expected trip home in this year's Wimbledon - Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova were all the subject of shock defeats at this year’s tournament. Can we learn something from these surprises?
All competitive sports have to have winners and losers. Everybody will experience both, and we all know which we prefer. We tell ourselves that ‘it’s not whether we win or lose, it is how we play the game’. Quite a few of us will really be thinking ‘winning isn’t everything, it is the ONLY thing’, or even ‘second place means first loser’.
If winning matters to you, then you need to take on the characteristics of a winner.
All these factors help, but there’s no doubt that the number one characteristic of a winner is preparation. Real winners have to practice, train and work for their victories. So to join the winners, get training!
I was fascinated by the tennis - not just the athleticism but the concentration needed. Especially when surrounded by that crowd!
Djokovic said himself that he would win if he was in the right "mental state" so it just goes to show it's all in the mind!
I think the 'winning' goal can put lots of people off. I was never much good at competitive sports when I was young but now I'm older I love walking, cycling and running - on my own!!!
I think people are definitely either competitive or not - and to be at the top level such as Mr Djokovic you need to be the competitive type! Doesn't mean that the uncompetitive can't enjoy sport, there are plenty of sports that are fun for their own sake. Cycling, walking, sailing, paddleboarding to name just a few.
I do spend a lot of time telling my children it's not the winning that matters, it's the taking part. But it appears there is an inherent human urge to win, the 'competitive streak', and this is very strong in some people.