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Djokovic Offers Powerful Advice to Biles, Osaka and any aspiring athlete

The disturbing recent trend of major sports champions suddenly quitting in the face of adversity of high pressure competition – as demonstrated by Naomi Osaka pulling out of Wimbledon and Roland Garros and Simone Biles dropping out of the Olympic gymnastics competitions – was addressed by ATP world no. 1 Novak Djokovic today.

“Without pressure there is no professional sport. If you are aiming to be at the top of the game you better start learning how to deal with pressure.”

Whether Osaka and Biles really did suddenly come up with a case of mental illness or they are using the en vogue excuse as a way out of losing or failure on a grand stage, is not exactly provable by mere words.

But it is setting a bad example and sending a bad message for young competitors and athletes and people in general, as it’s saying it’s okay to just quit when the going gets tough.

When the world was more rational and real, there were even songs on the radio that inspired people to hang tough and keep battling through adversity and tough times. Remember the Billy Ocean 80s radio pop hit: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”

Now the world is so upside down it’s become okay for Grand Slam and Olympic champions to give up without a fight.

Quitting and tanking and surrendering your rights, your hopes, your dreams, your freedoms is not acceptable.

And the really wacky part is Biles and Osaka are getting rewarded with even more media attention for quitting than they would have for losing.

At least Novak Djokovic has the guts to speak the truth and send out the right message of tough love for everyone. The question is will anyone else step up and support the wise advice by Djokovic?

There may not be a tennis player under more pressure right now than Novak Djokovic. He’s a couple of matches away from winning his first Olympic gold medal and he’s seven matches away from breaking the all time world record of 20 Grand Slam titles currently held by himself, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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  • Sam · July 29, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    If Djokovic ever pulled the same stunt as these two screwballs, what do you think the reaction from the media would be?

    I’ll give you three guesses—and the first two don’t count. 😉

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 29, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Sam, frankly I don’t give a damn what the media experts say about anything now. They can take their agendas and shove them where the moon don’t shine.

  • Doug Day · July 30, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong…the mark of a champion is finding a way to win on your off days. I guess it’s all about you when history is reduced to victimology. I mean Herstory.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 30, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Doug, nobody can win every day, unless they have corruption fixing their matches or fights as in the case of mayweather – mayweather has even confessed he’s a coward and that “I don’t love boxing like I used to because boxing isn’t real anymore” when he was being heaily pressured to fight Pacquiao in 2010, which he ducked for another five years. Zverev has been very good and excellent all year, he’s always a big danger. He got red hot at just the right moment and scored the best win of his career, which was long overdue.

  • Bill McGill · August 2, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    ….though of course, it should be noted that Djokovic also used to have a reputation as someone who would give up when things got tough, like 2009 AO. And then he got tougher.

    I don’t know anything about gymnastics, but it strikes me that that is a sport where you really can’t afford to be competing with the yips. In tennis, all you risk is an embarrassing score line.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 2, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Bill, I happen to have a friend who won a gold medal in the 1980 Olympics in gymnastics. With curiosity I asked her for her thoughts on Biles dropout and this was her response: ‘Russians say that Biles is on strong meds all her life And this medication is illegal in Japan. I don’t know. But she did act strange on the first day.” So the reason they gave may not be the real reason at all. Strong medications may be a factor here.

    Remember, “the truth is never told, it has to be learned.”

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 2, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Did you know a white American won a gold medal in gymnastics?

    Wonder why she isn’t getting near the coverage Biles got? Black privilege? Media prefers black gymnast stories?

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 3, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Jade Carey wins gold but Biles bronze is the story the American media would prefer to promote and ram down our throats.

  • Sam · August 3, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    So in other words, Biles may have failed a drug test? 😝 Wouldn’t be surprised!!

    Bill wrote:

    that is a sport where you really can’t afford to be competing with the yips.

    True, but if you have the yips, then you can’t really compete on something like the balance beam, can you? 😉

    The whole thing smells fishy. Also, there’s a lot of speculation out there that Biles is in fact a biological male, just like “Michelle” Obama and some others who will go unmentioned. 🙂

    Anyway, the less said about Biles, the better. And good for Jade Carey!! 👏

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 3, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Sam, yes the Russians believe Biles used strong medications which I believe is code for PEDs. Roy Jones tested positive, Mayweather was caught taking an illegal IV the day before the Pacquiao fight – a known cover for peds, Serena was given a free pass when she refused to give doping testers the sample when they came to ber home. Biles may also be protected.



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