The classic clay courts of the French capital are undoubtedly a good setting for Martina Trevisan.
Two years ago, the Italian superstar rose to prominence when she dramatically reached the quarter-finals of Roland Garros as a qualifier, where she was defeated by eventual winner Iga Swiatek (3:6, 1:6).
Even more impressive than her athletic achievements was Trevisan’s emotional admission at the time that she struggled with eating disorders as a teenager and hadn’t played a match for three years.
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This year, the 28-year-old made it to another round in Paris and is in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. Trevisan opponents are in the fight for a place in the French Open final on Thursday (Around 5:00 pm live on Eurosport Free TV and in the live broadcast tape of Eurosport.de) young American Cory Goff (18).
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Trevisan’s impressive history has not gone unnoticed in the tennis world.
In the run-up to the semi-finals expressed himself Eurosport expert Barbara Schett about the Italian’s success story and was impressed by how Trevisan and her colleagues dealt with personal problems. “It is really great to see that so many professionals, especially players, are talking openly about their problems,” said the 46-year-old, adding, “Last year Naomi Osaka has opened up about her mental issues. Endometriosis (abdominal disease in women; He pointed out. editor), and Madison Keys and Martina Trevisan on eating disorders. “
According to the former Top Ten players, the stars of the tennis court could set an example for other women through their own experiences.
“There are a lot of women who are opening up about themselves now. Their stories also give hope to other girls who are in similar situations. It’s good because it shows they’re not perfect, they’re vulnerable. They’re not machines,” the 46-year-old continued.
Schett ennobles Trevisan: ‘An inspiration to us all’
Trevisan in particular, with their success in Paris, would serve as the best example one can be successful despite personal problems.
“With Trevisan you can see that even if you’ve gone through some dark times in your life, you can still be successful. It shows us all how powerful she is. She is without a doubt an inspiration to us all,” said the French open semi-finalist.
Moreover Eurosport expert Alize Lim He commented on the new tennis generation’s openness with personal problems and found known room for improvement in this context.
“I think the guys talk openly with each other, but not with people on the outside because it’s so personal,” the 31-year-old doubted, adding, “Am I worried about that? It depends on everyone, but I’m not surprised.” Somehow “.
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Lim, who competed in doubles at the 2011 French Open, revealed that she also struggled with illnesses during her football career.
“I’ve had eating disorders at times because the pressure is huge and you don’t feel like you are in control of everything you do because you want to give it all the time. You travel around and sacrifice a lot, but at the end of the day you lose everyone a week most of the time and it’s always hard for you personally” .
The Frenchman particularly praised Osaka, whose honesty in battling her own personal demons would help the players on the tour.
“I think thanks to Naomi Osaka, people are open to talking about their problems. The way you talked about it at the French Open last year and throughout last season has helped the other players open up. If it’s the world number one or someone who won the Grand Slams does that, It’s okay for me to do that too,” Lim asserted and finally resumed:
“It’s really positive that they can talk about their problems. Maybe that way they can get help, get better treatment and be less shy about it.”
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