Big Ego, necessary to be a great champion?
Everyone who doesn't like Federer justifies their dislike mostly by saying he's arrogant and has a huge ego.
Being a Fed supporter, I see that Nadal has very similar arrogance and ego level as Federer.
And, GET THIS, I don't mind it.
I don't care if they are arrogant or not.
I think they are both great persons, that only bring up their competitive and selfish nature only on court and in the moments right after the match, when they are still with their heads inside the match.
Because, tennis is an individual sport and one of the most competitive sports there can be. I think you really need a big ego to be a sustained champion for a long period of time.
Otherwise how are you going to believe in yourself with every stroke and movement and decision you're making on the court?
I don't think Roger and Rafa are arrogant. They both walked the walk, they both have the credentials to speak their minds, and more often than not, they are absolutely right. But saying the truth can sound as arrogant sometimes. But then, haven't you? How many times have you stopped yourself from saying what you really think in fear of sounding arrogant or with a huge ego?
Human beings have a competitive nature. Tennis players usually know better and leave that competitiveness on the court.
Outside of the court both Rafa and Roger and perfectly fine and seem like really swell guys. Nothing indicates that they bring that arrogance and ego from the court and onto their normal lives.
So do you think big egos on the sport are justified once you have won so much and everything there is?
Do you think big egos actually helps them keep on winning tournaments?
Personally I always thought Djokovic has been lacking that big ego to keep on winning slams after he won his first. As if he seemed to respect Roger and Rafa too much and gave them the spotlight. The DC win brought back that big ego.
Do you think having a big ego when playing the game is a negative thing?
Personally, I think it depends how you administrate it. I hate the big egos in the NBA, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mourinho, etc.
But the way tennis stars handle it is admirable, and I really cannot complain about anyone's ego, maybe just that time when Murray would stupidly show his biceps.
Ok... I lit the fire.