From Roger’s post-match interview:
“I love this game. It means the world to me, so it hurts when you lose.”
“In the first moment (of a loss) you’re disappointed, you’re shocked, you’re sad, you know, then all of a sudden it overwhelms you. The problem is you can’t go in the locker room and just take it easy and take a cold shower. You can’t. You know, you’re stuck out there. It’s the worst feeling, you know.”
The second quote brings up an interesting point about tennis. After the Championship match, the loser is forced to stand on the stage and take the little plate and give a proper speech and act gracious and stoic while the victor takes the spoils. I really like this about tennis, and take it for granted as a show of sportsmanship, but it tends to shock people who don’t follow the sport. An NBA-fan buddy of mine couldn’t believe it when she first witnessed the tradition during last year’s Wimbledon Final – “Wait, why does the loser have to stand out there and be tortured like that?” I, on the other hand was surprised and disappointed to see the Lakers duck into the locker room as soon as the confetti started raining down on the Celtics at the conclusion of last year’s NBA finals.
Tears or not, tennis ain’t a game for sissies!