I am stronger now: Gauff
American teenager Coco Gauff says she struggled to take care of the hype and psychological strain introduced on by her fast rise within the tennis world and that she needed to rediscover her love for the sport after changing into depressed.
The Florida-based 16-year-old has loved a sensational run on the skilled circuit since July final yr when she reached the fourth spherical of Wimbledon in her first main championship look.
She additionally reached the fourth spherical on her Australian Open debut this yr, paving the way in which to breaking into the highest 50 within the WTA rankings — the primary 15-year-old to take action in 15 years.
“All through my life, I used to be at all times the youngest to do issues, which added hype that I didn’t need,” Gauff wrote in a submit for Behind The Racquet.
“It added this strain that I wanted to do properly quick.
“Proper earlier than Wimbledon, going again to round 2017/18, I used to be struggling to determine if this was actually what I wished. I at all times had the outcomes in order that wasn’t the problem, I simply discovered myself not having fun with what I cherished.
“I realised I wanted to begin taking part in for myself and never different individuals. For a few yr I used to be actually depressed. That was the hardest yr for me to this point.”
Gauff stated she felt friendless resulting from her “darkish mindset” and thought of taking a yr off simply to deal with life.
“Selecting to not clearly was the fitting alternative however I used to be near not stepping into that path. I used to be simply misplaced,” she stated. “I used to be confused and overthinking if this was what I wished or what others did.
“It took many moments sitting, pondering and crying. I got here out of it stronger and realizing myself higher than ever.”
Gauff has been already touted as a long-term successor to Serena Williams on the prime of U.S. ladies’s tennis and whereas she stated she was getting used to individuals viewing her as a job mannequin she didn’t like being in comparison with Serena or her sister Venus.
“First, I’m not at their degree but. I at all times really feel prefer it’s not honest to the Williams sisters to be in comparison with somebody who’s simply developing,” she added.
“It simply doesn’t really feel proper but, I nonetheless take a look at them as my idols.
“In fact I hope to get to the place they’re however they’re the 2 ladies that set the pathway for myself, which is why I can by no means be them.
“I might by no means have even considered becoming a member of tennis, with out them part of it, since there have been only a few African People within the sport.”Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org