I was reading a book and the quote above was in it. I read it over and over again… What a powerful quote by 18-time grand slam champion and world #1 Chris Evert!
You see champions love to win. Champions relish in the pressure, rising to the occasions in the big moments, and arising victorious. However, as much as champions love to win they hate to lose even more. The pain of losing is the greatest motivator of a champion. When a champion trains or prepares for competition they are not motivated by the pleasure of winning, instead they are motivated by avoiding the pain of losing.
I have seen some real tantrums after tough losses in my time. I understand the pain of the loss and the pain is important because it is a great teacher. However, it is important for players to understand that all great champions hate to lose, but those who are truly great do not make a poor public display after a defeat. Champions like Federer and Nadal certainly hate to lose and I am sure it burns them up inside but you never see them throwing a fit after tough losses.
Read and reread the quote above and let the power of it really sink in…