Character Counts – 2014 edition

July 8th, 2014 by John Gallagher No Comments

 

 

Back in 2008, I posted a blog titled Character Counts after watching an epic battle at Wimbledon between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.  Fast forward to 2014.  I truly enjoyed watching another epic tennis match between the aforementioned Federer and Novak Djokovic.  Again, the match didn’t disappoint.  Federer saving match point in the 4th set and rallying to force a fifth set.  Djokovic dominated his service game not being broken until the 4th set.  The numbers for the match were incredibly close.  There were 366 total points played.  Finaly tally was Djokovic 186, Federer 180.

But, it was their display of Character that caught my attention and keeps my attention in the majors:

  • No taunting or trash talking by either player
  • No berating of the officials
  • They treated each other and the grounds crew with respect

federer djokovic 2014 wimbledon

The end told me more, though.  After the match at trophy presentation:

“I dedicate this to my future wife and our future baby. I’m going to be a father soon. It’s a great joy of life. And last but not least to my first coach, who taught me all the basics of tennis, how to behave and everything I know about tennis, Jelena Gencic.”

– Djokovic dedicates win to fiancee Jelena Ristic and his first coach who passed away last year.

“I felt the love out here, so thanks a lot. See you next year.”

– Federer, who will be 33 next year, vows to be back in 2015.

The rest of the sports world can learn a lot from these 2 class acts.  Can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

What is the greatest exhibition of good Character in sports that you have observed?  Do you think displays like this have an impact on our youth?