The chances of anyone not named Federer or Nadal needing this advice seems fairly remote to me, but just in case we’re in for a surprise at the 2011 Australian Open, here’s the 7-Step Guide on how to give the perfect post-match speech. This is the speech that every tennis player gives after they win, no matter whether it’s the women or men, clay or grass, Roger or Rafa. This is THE template. Do not deviate from it.
Winning isn’t necessary at the grand-slam final stage as the runner-up gets a speech as well. But if you’re gonna give a speech I submit that it’s better to give a victory speech. For advice on how to win, see Roger Federer (16 grand-slam titles), Rafa Nadal (9 grand-slam titles). 25 titles between them, including 24 of the last 28.
(2) Hoist the Trophy
There’s something very definitive & satisfying about hoisting the trophy, and I think that it’s more than just pride. It seems to be a very natural, almost primal reaction, and any one of us would do the same thing if we won. Guaranteed.
(3) Congratulate your opponent
Having won (and hoisted the trophy), it’s time to show some graciousness and class, and congratulate your opponent on having played a fantastic tournament. If you’ve ever been a runner-up then you know how painful it (coming that close and losing) is, so we can only assume that the person hearing your congratulatory speech is having a very painful and conflicted moment. This is not any of your concern. (Note: Although Rafa did show some concern for Roger at the 2009 Australian Open. See picture above.)
(4) Thank your team
Mirka, Uncle Toni…thanks for all your patience and support. Etc, etc. Standard stuff, but it is a nice gesture, so don’t forget to thank your team.
(5) Thank the tournament people
All the chair umpires, ball-boys, linesmen, tournament directors, etc. When Roger says “tournament” he pronounces the “tour” part like “pour” ~ rhymes with shore. You don’t have to do this, but he has won 16 grand-slam tournaments, and who’s to say that the way he pronounces “tournament” isn’t somehow connected to his results?
(6) Thank the Sponsors
For the 2011 Australian Open those sponsors include: KIA, ANZ, Jacob’s Creek, Rolex, Lacoste, IBM, etc. Don’t forget to thank the sponsors; they paid a lot of money so we could all see how clever their new marketing campaigns are. I don’t know about you guys, but it seems that every time I watch a slam I go out and buy another Rolex. Thank the sponsors.
(7) Thank the fans
And finally, thank the fans, for “without you, none of this would be possible”.
To see how it’s done, here’s the 2010 Australian Open Champion, Roger Federer.
Watch & learn.