Last night tennis fans around the world had the pleasure of witnessing two of the all-time greats going head to head yet again in the Australian Open Final. However, it wasn’t just the remarkable tennis in which Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal treated us to, it was the fantastic sportsmanship in which they played and their upmost respect that these two legends have for each other.
So Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, take note.
Take note of the incredible fight that both Federer and Nadal showed up until the very end of the match, leaving nothing in the tank
Take note of the way they carry themselves on court. There were no tantrums, no large arguments, there was respect for the game of tennis.
When the match was all said and done, there were no excuses from Rafa, and both players showed nothing but respect and admiration of their opponent. Needless to say, it would have brought a tear to many fans eyes when Federer said he would have been happy to share the trophy with Nadal.
I hope you witnessed all this Nick and Bernard. You have both showed us that you have the talent to be some of the best tennis players in the world. But it’s about more than just talent. It’s about hard work, how you carry yourselves on and off the court, playing the game with sportsmanship and respect. Prove to us that you can do this, so we can have tennis players that we as a country, can be proud of.