If you didn’t catch Wimbledon this year, you missed some seriously incredible tennis. Champions like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer faced surprise upsets, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Porto showed true tenacity, and, after 77 years, Britain finally has a Wimbledon’s men’s champ, the Scottish Andy Murray.
One of the things that impressed me most about yesterday’s men’s final—in which Murray triumphed over Novak Djokovic in three straight sets—was the concession speech Djokovic made after the match. I’ve often seen runners-up use this time to make excuses or brag about the times they have won, but the Serbian athlete did no such thing, even though he is still the world’s top-ranked tennis player.
Instead, Djokovic graciously congratulated Murray and the British fans who were cheering him on, saying that he knew it was an important moment for the nation. It was completely classy, and made no attempt to steal the spotlight.
We all come across stumbling blocks in life, and things don’t always go our way. But I hope that we can take a little inspiration from Novak Djokovic and get through the tough times with dignity and grace!