Rafael Nadal talks about staying humble after a bad loss
Dealing with losses has been a long time problem across different sports. As a top athlete, Rafael Nadal acknowledged this issue and gave some advice. He is known for his good attitude and healthy mindset which has helped him succeed in his tennis career.
As one of the most accomplished athletes in tennis history, Rafa’s opinion should be respected. Even if he has won countless trophies, he has still experienced tough losses. What separates him from other athletes is how he bounces back every time he loses.
When asked about his mindset, Rafa talked about how it’s important to have a healthy mindset in tennis. Since it’s an individual sport, most players tend to be harder on themselves when they lose. Rafa said, ‘Tennis is a sport of defeat. Every week, or almost, we lose. It, therefore, represents a very important part of tennis, you have to learn to live with it. It’s a tough part of our sport on a mental level’.
For Rafa, the greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that you put everything into achieving a goal. That is a healthy mindset because losing is part of the sport and when it happens, players need to learn from it so they can bounce back.
Rafa makes a nuanced point because some viewers judge the book by its cover. They need to understand that these players have bad days and slumps. They always find a way to improve and win games which is why they’re professional athletes. Rafa’s advice is to always work on your game because there is always room for improvement and to know that losing is okay as long as you learn from it.
At the moment, Rafa is recovering from the foot injury he sustained a few months ago. He skipped the Wimbledon and the Tokyo Games. He returned for a quick moment but he was still hampered by his injured foot which led him to step away for the rest of the year.
Rafa wants to return soon so he can play again and show why he’s still one of the best tennis players in the world. He will also bring his healthy mindset back to the forefront of the Tour.
Words: Cholo Martin