Weekly Digest #103
Updated: Oct 27, 2022
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1. Article- Lessons from the G.O.A.T: Roger Federer
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Lessons from the G.O.A.T: Roger Federer
By: Agastya Rao
Photo credit- theguardian.com
Tennis legend Roger Federer recently drew the curtain on his 24 year long professional tennis career, which saw him win 20 Grand Slams, 103 Tour-Level titles (which include 28 ATP Masters 1000 titles), and spent a whopping 310 weeks at Number 1, second only to Novak Djokovic.
His Grand Slam career is a memorable one, which saw him make 31 slam finals, winning 20 of them. He also holds the records for the most Grand Slam Semi-Final(46) and Quarter Final (58) appearances. He also holds the joint spot for the most Grand Slam appearances (81) which he shares with Feliciano Lopez (Most in the Open Era).
He also won 5 consecutive US Open titles, which no one has done in the Open Era.
He won a gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 in Doubles with fellow countryman and slam winner Stan Wawrinka.
However, the one title that has eluded him his entire career is a Singles Olympic Gold, which he lost in the finals to Andy Murray in the 2012 London Olympics.
Notably, Federer never retired from a match, even out of the over 1700 matches he has played in his professional career.
While his statistics are enough to crown him as one of the best tennis players in the world, its the lessons we can learn from his life that are truly valuable. It is these values that led to the immense amount of respect that people all around the world had for him.
Roger Federer came from humble beginnings, and started his career as a ball-boy at the local ATP250 tournament in Switzerland, the Basel Open in 1993.
However, he never forgot his humble beginnings and stayed grounded, even after being one of the richest tennis players in the world, worth roughly 450 Million Dollars, he made time to meet his fans, and never let his success go to his head.
The Lesson: Always remember where you came from, it keeps you grounded.
2. Family comes first
Despite a hectic tour schedule, Federer always made time to be with his family, at times even at the cost of attending certain tournaments. While at the level he was in his career, he could afford to skip a few tournaments, we can still take away the lesson to always try your best to spend time with your family.
The Lesson: Prioritise what really matters to you, in this case: family
3. Hard work
Success doesn’t come easy, and it didn’t come easy for Federer either. He started playing tennis at the age of 8, and had to work hard to rise up the ranks of the Junior tennis ladder.
He won Junior Wimbledon and the coveted Orange Bowl trophy. His success of becoming the then youngest tennis player in the top 100 of the world came mainly due to the hard work and effort he put in.
The Lesson: If you work hard, success can come naturally.
4.Giving back to the world
Roger Federer made hundreds of millions of dollars during his playing career, and he didn’t keep it all for himself. He decided to use the opportunities he has got to help other people.
He started his own foundation, the Roger Federer Foundation.
One of the projects of the foundation helps in providing an education to underprivileged children in Africa. The foundation has raised over 50 Million Dollars and educated over 1.5 Million children in Africa. Roger Federer has used his money and name to help other people.
The Lesson: If you have the means to help others, you should definitely do so.
5. Controlling your temper
At the start of his career, Roger Federer was known for having a short temper and smashing his racquets. However, later in his career (2000s) he became a much calmer person, and had a newfound grace in how he played the game, with a great decrease in the number of outbursts. He became the poster-boy of tennis, playing the game with grace and peace. This further boosted his image, spotlight and improved his overall game of tennis.
The lesson- losing your temper isn’t going to do anyone other than your opponent any good. Keep calm no matter what the situation is. No matter how much pressure you are under, the only thing that can get you through the pressure if you are calm, which lets you think with a clear and a peaceful mind.
Roger Federer has retired from tennis, but the legacy he has left behind goes beyond the countless records he has set, and leaves us with a set of valuable values and practices to follow. These values are a few of the reasons why he commanded such a high level of respect around the world, Everyone, even if they didn’t follow tennis knew Roger Federer. Roger Federer was Tennis, and the lessons we learn from him show us how extraordinary he was.
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