Roger Federer may have lost in the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon on Sunday. But that doesn’t, nor will it ever, deter from the unequivocal fact that the man is a born winner.
He’s reached the final of one of the four major tournaments in tennis on 26 different occasions, winning 17 of them. He’s been the number one In the ATP rankings for periods of 237 and 302 consecutive weeks as well; that at a time when both the quality of the opposition he faced as well as the demands of competition were as high as they have ever been.
It’s doubtful few modern players will ever scale the professional peaks that he has climbed.
Yet there is another side to Federer, one that is not as well known or broadcast so loudly.
And those are his qualities as a man as well as a professional tennis player.
Two years ago, he was made aware of Beatriz Tinoco, a teenager in the USA whose promising sports career, one that had included a love and involvement with tennis, was harshly interrupted by the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma.
This didn’t just mean that her life was about to change. It could easily have meant the end of that life.
Like Federer, Tinoco is a winner, a fighter. She faced the illness, the treatment, the full and varying effects that Cancer has on any life.
And she came through the other side.
Roger Federer had always been her sporting hero. And that was no secret, for, through the Make A Wish organisation in the USA, it was arranged for her to meet him at Wimbledon in 2013.
Federer could have just turned up for a hastily convened meeting, spending ten minutes or so with Tinoco, signing a few tennis balls and posing for a picture with her.
It would have caused little to no disturbance to his schedule whilst she would have still had the memories of a lifetime-the trip to Wimbledon and the chance of a brief meeting with her hero.
But Federer is the epitome of professionalism. For him, if something is worth doing, then it is going to be done properly and with full consideration for all concerned.
This YouTube film of their eventual meeting shows just how much care, attention and effort Federer put into it.
He didn’t have to do any of it. And he would still have been regarded as a Champion if he really had just popped in for a few minutes chat with a photo or two before rushing off to fulfil his next appointment.
But to be one of life’s winners you don’t compromise. In anything. You give it the very best you can, from beginning to end.
Maximum effort and maximum commitment.
Twin symptoms of repeat success.
In this instance, done to make someone else’s dream come true.
Just one of the many reasons why Federer will always be a winner in life, no matter what happens to him in court.