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Swiatek : « J’ai réalisé que ma vie personnelle affectait mes performances »

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La Polonaise Iga Swiatek, 19 ans, récente lauréate de Roland Garros s’est confiée à l’excellent Behind The Racquet. Elle y raconte notamment comment elle a dû gérer ses émotions sur le court en résolvant tout d’abord ses problèmes personnels.

« Les gens ne sont souvent pas conscients de la pression exercée en tant que joueurs de tennis. Pour moi, la pression est toujours venue de l’intérieur. J’ai toujours voulu travailler avec un psychologue. J’ai réalisé que ma vie personnelle affectait ma performance. J’ai commencé à travailler sur des choses autres que le tennis et je me suis concentré sur ma relation avec mes parents. J’ai réalisé que ma performance sur le terrain s’améliorerait lorsque je réglais des choses hors du terrain. L’aspect mental est souvent la différence entre gagner et perdre un match. Nous sommes seuls sur le court et seuls dans l’avion. Il est important d’avoir quelqu’un de confiance », a très justement raconté Swiatek qui a prouvé lors des Internationaux de France qu’elle avait la « tête dure ». ⁣

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“I am only 19 years old so nothing special has happened in my life. Growing up, I played tennis because I had a lot of energy as a kid. Tennis was a chance for me to be alone on the court and make my own decisions. I loved winning and was good at it. But I did not fall in love with tennis right away because I did not know how much it could bring to my life. At age 15, I played my first junior Grand Slam, the French Open. This was the first time I wanted to be a professional tennis player. I was the top-ranked player in Poland but didn't know if I was mentally or physically ready to play professionally. We do not have many players in my country so I was not around experienced players who could teach me how to make it on tour. I had to find my own way.⁣ ⁣ People are often not aware of how much pressure we have as tennis players. For me, pressure has always come from inside. I always wanted to work with a psychologist. I realized my personal life affects my performance. I started working on non-tennis things and focused on my relationship with my parents. I realized my on-court performance would improve when I settle off-court things. The mental aspect often is the difference between winning and losing a match. We are alone on the court and alone on the plane. It's important to have someone you can trust. ⁣ ⁣ School is a big part of my life. I graduated high school a few weeks ago. The pandemic gave me time to do well on my final exams. It was hard to study while playing on tour because I am ambitious and want to do everything perfectly. My psychologist helped me realize I don't have to do everything perfectly. I might go to college within the next few years. It depends on my tennis career because if I win a Grand Slam next year and become a Top 5 player, I don't think I'm going to have time. ⁣ ⁣ The most important thing is to maintain a positive state of mind and focus on mental health because we have to deal with many things such as injuries and risking our own health sometimes. I want to raise awareness about tennis in Poland and do charity work to help kids achieve their dreams. I have many ideas but have not had the guts to act on them yet.” @iga.swiatek #BTR

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