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More than tennis: Martina Trevisan’s run at the French Open is pure inspiration | Tennis News

The Martina Trevisan story isn’t merely one in every of preventing to beat challenges of a sport, but additionally of conquering obstacles in life.

The Italian’s French Open semi-final run, her best-ever in a Grand Slam up to now, has come at the age of 28, extra than a decade after she was primed to take the large skilled leap in tennis as a junior doubles semi-finalist at French Open and Wimbledon at 16. Right then, the teen put her racquet apart.

Trevisan was coping with anorexia, an consuming dysfunction that compels folks to eat much less for the worry of gaining weight. According to a 2004 research by USA’s National Center for Biotechnology Information carried out on Norwegian elites, anorexia and different such consuming issues is “higher in female athletes than in male athletes, and more common among those competing in leanness-dependent and weight-dependent sports than in other sports”.

Trevisan’s ever-decreasing urge for food would barely be sufficient for her to face upright for an prolonged time frame, not to mention dash throughout a tennis court docket for hours collectively to fetch balls. “I hated my muscular body and imposed on myself diets on the verge of survival to lose weight,” Trevisan mentioned, detailing her struggles in a tell-all weblog on The Owl Post in 2020. “30 grams of cereals and a fruit in the evening. It was enough for me to stand up, and to worry my mother, that she ran to pick peaches from the trees just to see me eat something.”

Trevisan finally realised she wanted assist with the complexities of the dysfunction. The teenager sought skilled therapy, which entailed her getting “re-educated to eat”. “To make peace with my wounds. To appreciate my new body,” she mentioned in the weblog. “Almost without realising it I found myself again with a racket in hand.”

It wasn’t to play professionally however attempt her hand at teaching at a neighborhood membership in her metropolis of Florence. Back to the sport she beloved as a child, her aggressive juices couldn’t be saved at bay for too lengthy. In 2014, 4 years after she walked away, a 20-year-old Trevisan returned to the skilled tour, ranked 893rd in the world in her reappearance on the WTA charts in September 2014.

Trevisan spent the subsequent 5 years grinding on the ITF tour—the decrease rung {of professional} tennis—and saved stumbling at the qualifying hurdle at Grand Slams whereas persisting away. Her first chew of the fundamental draw cherry was at the 2020 Australian Open when she lastly acquired by means of the three qualifiers to arrange a first-round date with Sofia Kenin. The Italian lost to the eventual champion, though greater issues could be in retailer for Trevisan publish the pandemic-induced break.

After successful the three qualifying matches at the 2020 French Open in October, the southpaw stitched a giant-killing run that noticed the then world No 159 sweep previous the likes of Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari and Kiki Bertens to e-book a quarter-final spot. Iga Swiatek, who additionally went on to win the title, stopped her there however not earlier than the Italian left her mark together with her best Slam present.

Two years on, she has bettered that on the identical courts of Roland Garros. The 28-year-old’s path was undoubtedly made smoother by the mass exodus of the prime 10 seeds in the first week, however she confirmed her mettle in defeating the seventeenth seed Leylah Fernandez, the 2021 US Open finalist, in a three-set quarter-final.

The world No 59 additionally got here to Paris driving the excessive of successful her first WTA title in the week previous the French Open. Trevisan shocked the prime seed and Tenth-ranked Garbine Muguruza in the Round of 16 of the WTA 250 occasion in Rabat, Morocco and went all the approach.

Trevisan is having fun with her tennis and, extra importantly, the approach she is dwelling her life.

“I think everybody has an important life,” Trevisan mentioned after her French Open quarter-final win. “I believe the significance is, who I’m proper now, that I’m comfortable on the court docket. I’m doing what I like. So my previous is the previous, and it helped me to be in the current, to be what I’m proper now.”

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