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Soderling : « Lorsque vous tombez malade, vous commencez à réaliser que votre santé est la chose la plus importante »

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Le compte Instagram Behind The Racquet nous régale en ce moment d’autant que les champions sont plutôt disponibles. Dernièrement, c’est Robin Soderling qui s’est exprimé sur la mononucléose qui l’a contraint d’arrêter sa carrière. Un arrêt qui n’est toujours pas compris par l’ensemble de la communauté du tennis. Son témoignage est donc d’autant plus instructif. Nous avons sélectionné le passage qui nous semple le plus intéressant sur ce sujet : « Lorsque vous tombez vraiment malade, vous commencez à réaliser que votre santé est la plus importante. C’est fou parce que durant ma carrière, le tennis était la seule chose dont je me souciais. À ce stade, je ne voulais que m’améliorer, c’était simple. Après un certain temps, je regardais le tennis à la télévision en voyant des joueurs contre lesquels je jouais. Je souhaitais juste être à nouveau sur le terrain, en compétition. C’était mentalement difficile. Ma première année, je n’ai fait aucune activité physique parce que je ne voulais rien aggraver. Il m’a fallu environ cinq ans pour revenir à un point où je pouvais m’entraîner comme je le voulais. A cette époque, j’avais l’impression que la période de retour au tennis était trop longue. Je n’avais pas non plus l’énergie pour le faire. Je ne blâme pas spécifiquement ce que j’ai fait. Être un athlète de haut niveau dans n’importe quel sport n’est pas facile. Il y a eu des moments de ma carrière où j’aurais souhaité pouvoir prendre du recul ou ne pas le prendre aussi au sérieux. »

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#LegendaryBTR- “I tried to make a comeback, from mono, three separate years, which all failed. This all grew on me and took a major toll on my mind. I accepted that maybe I could never come back. When I made the decision to finally stop it was hard but also a bit of a relief. I didn’t have to fight to come back and live in this uncertainty. After making the decision I could finally accept it and figure out how to live my life again. It was a weird feeling during my first six months after my career because I didn’t care about tennis, it was a nice break. I almost didn’t care if I were to come back. When you get really sick you start to realize your health is most important. It’s crazy because during my career tennis was the only thing I cared about. At this point I only cared about getting better, it was simple. After some time I was watching tennis on TV seeing players I was playing against. I was wishing to just be on the court again, competing. It was mentally tough. My first year out I didn’t do any physical activity because I didn’t want to aggravate anything. It has taken about five years for me to get back to a point where I could train however I wanted. At this time I felt like it has been too long a period for me to return to tennis. I didn’t have the energy to do so either. I don’t blame it specifically on anything I did. Being a top athlete in any sport is not easy. There are times where I blame myself. There were moments in my career where I wish I would have been able to take a step back or not take it as seriously. I was living in this bubble where everything was tennis. As the years went on, and as I became better, I took away more and more of the things I enjoyed to do. I thought this is what I needed to do to be the best I could be. It was all worth it if I won my matches and ranking improved, but if I didn’t it felt as if everything was f**ked. I see it now as just a sport. My biggest issue was not having that on and off switch. Tennis doesn’t make it easy to ‘turn it off’ and you have to find ways during the season to take care of yourself and just rest.” @rsoderling Go to behindtheracquet.com for extended stories, podcasts and merch.

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