Matthew Futterman of the New York Times asks, “What is it about this sport (professional tennis) that makes so many of the best players in the world, a collection of athletes seemingly swaddled in wealth and fame and glory, so intolerably miserable?”
And it ain’t just Osaka.
Are you old enough to remember this?
“Bjorn Borg of Sweden, a superstar of the 1970s and winner of 11 Grand Slam titles, lost his fourth U.S. Open final in 1981. He walked off the court, drove away in his car, and never played another Grand Slam tournament again. He was 25.”
A sports psychologists concludes that:
“. . . players can survive careers — inevitably filled with losses and disappointment — only by working every day to build self-worth and self-confidence that is not measured by wins and rankings points but rather relationships.”
For me, the article begs the question, why doesn’t tennis allow a coach to sit courtside for encouraging chats during changeovers?