Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says he sees many similarities in the day-to-day routines of Steph Curry & Roger Federer. (Via House of Highlights): “Just the consistency of his routine, it’s like a metronome. Every day, it’s the exact same thing. He’s in the training room, he’s in the weight room, he’s on the court. It’s clockwork. But there’s also a sense of joy and energy within that work. He enjoys it so much. He loves the process. I think that’s one of the things that ties all great athletes together, like talking about the superstar athletes, the Roger Federers of the world, the Steph Currys of the world. There’s a routine that not only is super-disciplined but it’s really enjoyed each day. There’s a passion that comes with it, and that’s what sustains it over time. When you love something like those guys do, you work at it, you get better and you just keep going.
“I might have told you this before, but we actually met Federer a few years ago in China when we played in Shanghai. He came and spoke to our locker room, and Draymond asked him, he said, ‘How have you been doing this for 20 years?’ And his answer was just simple, yet profound. He said, ‘I love my daily ritual.’ He said, ‘I get up, make my kids breakfast, drop them off at school, go train and I’ve figured out the right training methods to keep me in the best position at my age. I love competing.’ He said, “But every single day, I put my head on the pillow at the end of the day and think, man, what a great day.’ So I think of Steph a lot when I think of that story from Roger Federer. Very, very similar, just sort of zest for life and just joy for the process.”
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Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov met NBA legend Steve Nash and the former Canadian basketball player told him he was a big fan. Shapovalov laughed after hearing that Nash was his big fan since he was always a big Nash fan and it felt surreal to hear those words from Nash. “He said he’s a big fan & I kind of looked at him & laughed & said, ‘No, no, no, man, I’m a big fan!’ Just a really cool moment for me,” Shapovalov said of meeting Nash, per Mark Masters.
During Leylah Fernandez’s semifinal victory, Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash was spotted in the crowd showing his support for a fellow Canadian as a guest in her player box. After the match, Fernandez was asked what it meant to have Nash’s support, to which she gave a moving response.
“It’s a huge inspiration, Fernandez began. “I remember my dad used him as an example one time for a whole month, telling us that we gotta fight, we gotta work hard just like Steve Nash, so it’s an honour to have you here watching me and cheering for me.”