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Bautista Agut : « Il n’a pas été facile de décider de jouer au tennis avant le football »

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Dans l’excellent compte Behind the racquet, Roberto Bautista Agut, joueur habituellement discret, se raconte. L’Espagnol évoque notamment le choix qu’il a dû effectuer dans sa jeunesse entre le football et le tennis : « Le football a toujours été l’une de mes passions. Quand j’étais plus petit, je jouais dans les équipes jeunes de Villareal. Il n’a pas été facile de décider de jouer au tennis avant le football. Je suis passé d’un sport collectif à un sport individuel. C’était compliqué de me séparer de mes amis de l’équipe et de gâcher un rêve que vous aviez depuis enfance, mais je n’ai aucun regret. Ce n’est pas facile de prendre une telle décision à 14 ans. J’ai sacrifié beaucoup de choses pour devenir un joueur de tennis professionnel. »

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“My mom passed away in 2018. I was at the club I used to train at when I got a call after practice. I found out my mom went to sleep and didn’t wake up. It was 100 % unexpected. She was very young, only 52 years old, but was supporting a lot of stress from taking care of my father. He was in the bed in the next room when my mom passed away. Back in 2016 my father was in an accident. My father fell while he was cleaning our horse stables and became paralyzed. From my father’s accident he became a quadriplegic, couldn’t move from the neck down. He used an artificial breathing machine since he couldn’t do it himself. We had two people, plus my mother, who took care of my father 24 hours a day. Then when my mom passed away and it was all on my wife and I. I would practice and then use my free time to go home and visit my father in the hospital or the house. I knew that during this time I could not stop playing. I had to help my father. In the beginning we didn’t know how much the treatments would cost or all of his operations. I know that besides the money playing tennis is what my father wanted for me. My parents wanted me to make my dreams come true no matter the situation. I kept playing and fought harder than I ever did. That was my way of making it worth it. During this horrible time is when I played some of my best tennis. I was there for my family as much as I could, but I couldn’t throw away what I have worked all my life for. I never gave up. It was November of 2019, when my father passed away. It was during the Davis Cup match against Canada. I got to be with him his last few minutes and played a match 24 hours later. It was what my father wanted for me. His passing was a little unexpected but my family knew that it could happen any day or month. Even though I knew this, once your father passes away you face that. These tough moments made me stronger and more powerful. It gave me a strength others didn’t have. It made me more focused and motivated. I did everything I could to fight hard on the court to show my mother and father that their hard work was worth it.” @robertobautistaagut Go to behindtheracquet.com for extended stories, podcast and merch.

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