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Elina Svitolina : « À un certain moment, il est important que les parents s’éloignent »

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Le compte Instagram Behind The Racquet donne en géné­ral la parole aux « seconds » cou­teaux du cir­cuit. Dernièrement, il a fait une petite excep­tion avec la joueuse ukrai­nienne Elina Svitolina. 

Son témoi­gnage comme tous ceux qui sont publiés sur ce compte est une nou­velle fois très inté­res­sant pour com­prendre le par­cours des pros du circuit. 

Elina insiste sur le fait que sans le ten­nis, elle n’au­rait jamais eu la vie d’au­jourd’­hui et que c’est aus­si le fait d’a­voir cou­per le cor­don avec ses parents qui lui a per­mis de prendre du recul, plus de plai­sir, d’ap­pré­cier plei­ne­ment sa vie de cham­pionne de ten­nis. « Je pense que le plus dur, c’est que mes parents étaient impli­qués dans mon ten­nis. Peu importe où je jouais, ils sui­vaient tou­jours. Mes parents vou­laient que je gagne chaque match. À un cer­tain moment, il est impor­tant que chaque parent s’é­loigne et mes parents l’ont com­pris il y a cinq ans. Quand mes parents ont ces­sé de voya­ger avec moi, je ne comp­tais plus sur eux. Si j’ai per­du un match, je me suis seule­ment blâ­mé et à tra­vers ce pro­ces­sus, j’ai trou­vé ma propre voie ».

Quelques lignes plus loin, Elina clôt son témoi­gnage avec une chute de toute beau­té : « Le ten­nis a don­né tout ce que j’ai aujourd’­hui. Le ten­nis m’a appris la dis­ci­pline, m’a pré­sen­té des gens for­mi­dables et m’a per­mis de décou­vrir des endroits incroyables. En somme, le ten­nis, c’est tout ma vie »

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“Compared to the other players, my jour­ney has been gra­dual. I was always moving one step at a time, trying not to lose the momen­tum of impro­ving my game. I played the $10,000 events, then the $25,000 events, and slow­ly star­ted get­ting into Grand Slams. Then I was playing on the big­gest stages and trying to break into the Top 10 but I put too much pres­sure on myself. No mat­ter what you are ran­ked, you always want more. When I was num­ber 30 in the world, I thought, ‘If I am in the Top 10 I will be hap­py,’ but when I found myself in the Top 10, I was crying after losing matches. It never ends and it’s never enough. I lear­ned to enjoy eve­ry match, even the tou­ghest bat­tles.⁣ ⁣ When I was tran­si­tio­ning to the pro­fes­sio­nal cir­cuit, there was a lot of doubt. People expect you to improve qui­ck­ly and you com­pare your­self to other players who are the same age but ran­ked higher. You have this nega­tive voice in your head but you have to put doubts aside and work hard eve­ry single day.⁣ ⁣ I think the tou­ghest thing was that my parents were invol­ved in my ten­nis. No mat­ter where I played, they always fol­lo­wed. My parents wan­ted me to win eve­ry match. At a cer­tain point, it’s impor­tant for eve­ry parent to step away and my parents rea­li­zed this five years ago. When my parents stop­ped tra­ve­ling with me, I didn’t count on them any­more. If I lost a match, I only bla­med myself and through this pro­cess, I found my own way.⁣ ⁣ I still think about my child­hood some­times. Perhaps it could have been bet­ter if my parents hadn’t pushed me so hard. Yet these tough moments made me the per­son I am today. I have been on the road from a young age. It was chal­len­ging but when I thought about what I wan­ted to achieve, it moti­va­ted me. I would reset goals eve­ry few years so it did not feel like a constant cycle of tra­ve­ling and losing, because I lost almost eve­ry week. Playing in front of crowds and win­ning tour­na­ments gave me ener­gy and moti­va­tion.⁣ ⁣ Tennis gave me eve­ry­thing I have today. Tennis taught me dis­ci­pline, intro­du­ced me to great people and sho­wed me unbe­lie­vable places. Tennis gave me my life.” @elisvitolina⁣ ⁣ Go to behindtheracquet.com for exten­ded sto­ries, pod­cast and merch.

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