The Mind-Body Problem
A conversation with Janko Tipsarevic

To many tennis fans, Janko Tipsarevic is best identified as the player with a quote from Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot tattooed on his left forearm. Suffice it to say that this alone makes him unusual. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that Janko’s candid commentary provides nothing less than a...


About Janko Tipsarevic:

Janko Tipsarevic is a professional tennis player, born on June 22, 1984. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 8, achieved on April 2, 2012. He has won four ATP World Tour titles, two Futures and nine ATP Challenger Series titles, has been a two-time quarter finalist at the US Open and h...


Some Additional Resources:
Janko Tipsarevic's Official website

Tecnifibre Player Profile: Janko

On The Road to the ATP World Tour

The Idiot

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Portable Nietzche

by Friedrich Nietzsche

Janko Tipsarevic - Balancing Brain and Brawn

A profile of Janko by Chris Oddo in Tennis View Magazine, January 2011

Giving Your All (Commentary Excerpt)

It’s hardly a secret that the sporting world is awash in tedious, knee-jerk clichés: We’re just taking it one game at a time. We’ll get ‘em next time. It’s time to step up. For my part, nothing drives me running screaming from the TV faster than hearing about that infamous “110%”: It’s got to be 110%. I knew I had to give it 110%. We’re here today because every one of us gave it 110% – a truly inane combination of the hackneyed and the nonsensical.

But lurking in this mathematically illiterate hyperbole lies the nugget of something actually meaningful: how much time and effort does anyone – even phenomenally talented people – need to spend on something to achieve genuine excellence? How many other personal interests have to be sacrificed along the way? How much single-minded focus is required to be the best?

Janko Tipsarevic is a worthy case study. This 29-year-old Serbian tennis star has spent most of the past two years firmly ensconced in the top 10. That is, he has demonstrated, by a rigorously objective set of criteria, that he is one of the ten best players on the planet during what is arguably the golden era of men’s professional tennis: a fearsomely difficult task.

And yet, the thoughtful and personable Tipsarevic, by his own admission, has sometimes had a hard time focusing exclusively on tennis. He loves to snowboard. He loves to DJ. And he also loves to read...

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