Trevisan spent four years away from tennis while being treated for an eating disorder She recently spoke about her trip
PARIS â ???? Martina Trevisan’s path to the Roland Garros quarter-finals was more difficult to negotiate than the Arc de Triomphe roundabout In a women’s draw that saw most of the top players go their separate ways, Trevisan personifies the resilience of those who have found a way
There were the three qualifiers she won just to participate in the singles main draw The questionable line call she faced as she tried to serve her second round match against the teenage phenomenon Coco Gauff whom she overcame The two match points against her in the third round against Maria Sakkari, 20th seed, which she resisted And her first defeat of a top 10 player, with whom she is started again on Saturday in the fourth round against No 8 Kiki Bertens
But nothing from 2020 broke loose on Trevisan – ???? not this year’s French Open draw or the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged his native Italy and heavily squeezed the WTA tour schedule was more difficult for her to negotiate, she said, than the eating disorder which put an end to her tennis career for four years, starting in 2010
– I know I did a great job, – said Trevisan, who recently started sharing details of his arduous trip, first in July to an athlete blog, The Owl Post, in which she described trying to be seen losing so much weight from her 5-foot-3 frame that she practically disappeared
Trevisan, 26, relishes Tuesday’s match against 19-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland, not just because of the progress it represents she had never won a main draw match in a major tournament before last week but also for the opportunity it presents to help others
– This is a message that I want to send to other people who are suffering right now so as not to give up, â ???? Trevisan said on Sunday – Never give upâ ????
Trevisan’s mother is a tennis coach, her father was a professional Italian second division soccer player, and her older brother was a prominent junior tennis player By the time she turned 15, Trevisan wrote, she was a top junior tagged for a bright professional future
In 2009, she reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon for girls double, and finished the year ranked no 694 in single women Around the same time her father learned he had a degenerative disease It consumed her concentration, leaving her feeling adrift
Her illness, her friction with her mother, and the increased pressure she felt to succeed overwhelmed Trevisan, who wrote: « I began to feel, strongly, the rush around me to reap all the rewards before. even as the tree it is time to take rootâ ????
Trevisan said she wanted to live as a teenager, – get back, perhaps with interest, everything I felt I had lost in previous yearsâ ????
She said she resented her muscular body, which made her stand out, so she started cutting back on calorie intake until she was on a daily diet of less than half a cup. of cereals and a fruit
Looking back to that time on Sunday, Trevisan said: “I had a really bad time, and at that point I forgot all about tennis Tennis was no longer my lifeâ ????
Trevisan said she sought hospital treatment for anorexia after realizing, “I want to live, so step by step I have to tryâ €”
For four years she focused on Martina and her life I take my life in my handsâ ????
In her post she wrote that she needs to re-educate herself on food and… make peace with my injuriesâ ????
Tennis became part of her recovery First, it was a way to earn money teaching lessons Then she started competing again, but this time in a healthier way, without push your body until it breaks down
– When I decided to play tennis again it was a new chapter in my tennis life, â ???? Trevisan said Sunday
In 2014, Trevisan returned to the world rankings, at No 590 Her rise since then has been steady, and she reached No 153 in 2019 She qualified for the 2020 Australian Main Draw as a qualifier and lost in the first round against Sofia Kenin, the eventual champion
Trevisan returned home after a WTA tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, as Italy shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak She spent the next five months working on her mental health with a counselor and on his physical conditioning thanks to Skype sessions with his trainer
â ???? Now I’m in the quarterfinals and everything is perfect for me, â € “ she said I don’t feel any pressure ????
Ranked 159, Trevisan is joined in the round of 16 by another qualifier outside the top 100, Argentina Nadia Podoroska This is the first time since 1978 that two qualifiers have advanced so deeply in the draw French Open men or women
Trevisan’s opponent Swiatek is the youngest player left on the women’s side Trevisan said she has a great empathy for teens trying to find their way into a sport where solo competition can reduce life to what feels like a zero-sum game.
Over the last few months, she said, she has been contacted by a few other gamers with eating disorders – They ask me for help, like what did you do when you felt like that? Trevisan said – For me it is a pleasure to help I know I can recommend something, but the job they have to do on their ownâ ????
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