Bye Bye Plucky British Loser

Andy Murray wins his first Grand Slam tournament. Well done him!

What I found interesting from his post match comments was his mention of doubts. These were in his mind before the game, but arose particularly when the match slipped from being 2 sets up to 2 sets all. That was the classic time to lose, as the momentum was with his opponent, and tiredness set in. Instead he won the final set 6-2.

We all have doubts, but need the mental toughness to overcome them, and the techniques to keep them in their place. One element of the mental toughness model I use is confidence. Murray’s confidence is his abilities must have been boosted by winning Olympic gold at, of all places, Wimbledon.

Having won his first Grand Slam tournament, it should be easier to in the next, because he knows he can do it.

We need a new category, for our national psyche as well as for sports jounalism. Plucky British Winner.

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