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Bencic : « J’apprécie davantage le tennis »

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Encore une très belle confes­sion sur le compte Instagram Behind the Racquet. Celle de la joueuse suisse dont la carrière a été déjà très mouve­mentée. Comme elle l’ex­plique avec sincé­rité, tous les chemins sont forma­teurs. On a choisi d’ex­traire un passage : « Ce fut une énorme lutte pour faire face à la pres­sion de devenir tôt le top 10 mondial. Je crois vrai­ment qu’une fois que j’y suis arrivée, mon corps me forçait à prendre un peu de temps, que quelque chose n’al­lait pas, et c’est pour­quoi je me suis blessée. Je pense que tout cela est arrivé pour une raison. Après j’ai telle­ment appris sur moi‐même et sur ce sport en remon­tant le chemin qu’au­jourd’hui j’ap­précie davan­tage le tennis. »

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“It was a huge struggle to deal with the pres­sure of beco­ming top 10 in the world early on. I truly believe that once I made it there my body was forcing me to take some time off, that some­thing wasn’t right, and that’s why I got injured. I think it all happened for a reason. I learned so much about myself and this sport while working my way back. I appre­ciate tennis more. I fully believe that if I didn’t get injured I would be comple­tely exhausted in a few years. It would have only been a matter of time until I felt burnt out so I am happy it happened now. I was lucky to gain this expe­rience while I was still extre­mely young and ready to fight back. I broke into the top 10 for the first time at St. Petersburg in 2016. Then soon came Miami where I got my first injury, which led to many others. A severe wrist problem came and I tried to avoid surgery while playing for nine months. April 2017, I finally decided to get it done. I was out for about six months and my ranking dropped to 350. Tennis is super diffi­cult because you never stay where you are, you are either going up or down. As a junior, you just play, every­thing is exci­ting and new. You have nothing to lose, you don’t over­think anything. While I moved to the top of the sport I just felt too young for all of it. The media atten­tion is some­thing you cannot prepare for, espe­cially if you aren’t natu­rally open like I am. I never had to deal with some­thing not going my way in my career, and now any failure was directly in the spot­light. I didn’t enjoy simply playing tennis anymore. I was never one that wanted to be in the spot­light off the court. It was a relief after I got my surgery that I could start new again. I started again, not playing in front of anyone, no one judging me and I found to love it all again. I could have taken wild cards or a protected ranking but I wanted to build my confi­dence and love again. I began to remember what it was like to appre­ciate every win and every minute on court. To take a second and remember you worked so hard to get to compete against players I used to watch on TV when I was younger.” @belindabencic Go to behindtheracquet.com for extended stories, podcasts and merch.

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