Beyond Skill How often have we heard a voice ringing in our in our heads "If only I was so talented"...? Watching the Australian open Men''s Singles Final between the Serbian Novak Djokovic and French man Jo- Wilfried Tsonga I was beginning to realize there is more to any profession than just talent. Beyond the obvious requisites of skill and talent lay the pertinent qualities that would take one beyond the levels that most contend to as mere mortals. It is about courage, perseverance, stamina, attitude, character, tenacity, will , endurance, patience, maturity, composure, qualities that are pointers to the fact that one must be willing to sweat it out and keep themselves strong enough to win the mental battle even when the physical prowess tend to diminish.The game as such was a case in the point with the fact that one of the finalists - Tsonga was unseeded and had crossed the barriers of the mind in the battle of wits breezing past 4 of the top 15 seeds on his way to the final. Another had dethroned the emperor of Grand Slams in modern times in straight sets in a manner most unexpected to set up an intriguing title clash which it proved to be. In the end, the glory was won by both although sport technically, has its won winner and loser tag.
The manner in which they fought gave sport its true pedigree. The man who could handle the pressure better emerged victorious but the feat performed by his opponent was no less worthy as a triumph is more valued by the amount of struggle the so called "loser" inflicts upon the one who is crowned the Champion. It was a day when the spirit of the sport was on display in full strength while around the same region it went to tatters in a different arena two weeks ago,played in plain clothes across 22 yards. At the end of the day, by pointing at these contrasting outcomes, does sport re-invent itself time and again and serve as a source of constant food for thought to the sporting community in particular and the humanity at large. Definitely, the is a message for everyone that in life there is something more valuable than skill that matters most and you got to take it seriously in your trek to the higher echelons!