It is July, 2017.
If you are in China, you can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to the mainland, or take in a huge firework show in the harbour in Hong Kong.
If you are in the dominion of Canada, you can celebrate the 150th anniversary of the country, or take in a special event on Parliament Hill complete with royalty, dignitaries and visiting rock stars.
And if you are in the US of A, you are probably indulging in the best barbeque weekend of the summer with friends and family.
But if you are in the UK, you can celebrate many sporting events. The biggest one being the countdown to Wimbledon, whose final stages commence on July 3rd and then advance to the ultimate showdowns on July 16th.
If you are in the press, however, and is charged with coming up with a clever method to cover this tennis event, well then you may be in trouble.
One of the areas where coverage or certainty is strained involves the iconic Men’s Singles part of the event. Why? Because there is much uncertainty and speculation regarding who will prevail.
This brings us to our coverage. All of the players look good, but each of the top players or the usual suspects looks good or capable. These include last year’s runner-up the Canadian Milos Raonic, as well as the four tennis aces that have dominated the sport and tournament for the last decade. Alphabetically, these include Djokovic, Federer, Murray, and Nadal. But it is the sly gunslinger who is the most interesting story this year.
Djokovic had been playing below his usual standard of excellence, and had dropped to a number four ranking in the world after his difficulties during the French Open. But in a shrewd move, he opted to participate in a regional tournament in Eastbourne and ended up winning the event. In addition to praising the quality of the event and the positivity of the outcome, he also noted that it even helped him become more confident and familiar with the challenges of playing on a grass surface. He also shared some ideas with the ATP Press staff, and articulated his new mindset.
The Serbian explained that in his new philosophy on life, his contentment no longer hinges on his results on the court. Indeed, we could all learn a thing or two from his new approach to career and happiness.
“I used to base all my happiness on winning a tennis match,” said Djokovic. “I think many athletes today are doing that. So I try not to do that anymore, because it's not like I don't care, but winning and losing a tennis match, absolutely not. Of course, I would love to win every single tennis match I play in, but I don't try to take that as a very essential moment in my life, which determines my happiness.”
“It's a different approach, but I'm still here and I'm still motivated, I still keep on going. I'm still glad to kind of experience whatever my professional tennis career has for me.
“It seems to me that, especially nowadays, everything is observed through the lens of material success, who lifts more trophies gets more respect, more fame, more money, and a better status in the society.
“I mean, it's hard in this kind of values to go through that process. But for me, it's equally important, even more important, to take care of myself as a human being.”