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


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 for extended stories, podcast and merch.

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