Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty agrees with 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic that pressure is a privilege. Djokovic arrived to the Tokyo Olympics with the pressure and expectation to win it all but claimed that he wasn't worried about that.
“Absolutely pressure is privilege,” Barty said, per news.com.au. “When you’re an athlete in a really stressful environment at times, it’s challenging, it can be heartbreaking but it can also be euphoric.
“I think finding that balance at times is on a knife’s edge and I think you have to be able to push yourself to that Nth degree, to know what they both feel like. “At times everyone has their limit, that’s natural, that’s why we’re all human beings and being able to find that limit, to push that limit time and time again is what makes the greatest the greatest, and what makes these really special achievements extra special”.
Barty and Djokovic didn't meet
Barty and John Peers were scheduled to play Djokovic in the mixed doubles bronze medal match. Unfortunately, Djokovic pulled out of the match due to a shoulder injury. Djokovic failed to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics as in the singles event he lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match.
"Pressure is a privilege. Without pressure there is no professional sport," said Djokovic after his 6-3, 6-1 win over Davidovich Fokina. "If you are aiming to be at the top of the game, you better start learning how to deal with pressure and how to cope with those moments.
"On the court, but also off the court, all the expectations and all that buzz and all that noise... I've learned to develop a mechanism how to deal with it in such a way that it will not pose a distraction to me, it will not wear me down. "I feel I have enough experience to know myself how to step on the court and play my best tennis."