I don’t think circumstances change who you are as a person. I don’t believe they change your values, unless you willingly would like them to.
The tour keeps moving, tournaments keep coming and going, and I think the better job I do, it is staying at present, and healthy, and enjoying what I’m doing. These are more reasons I give you guys to write about me!
I try to stay very true to the kind of person that I want to be and the kind of athlete and the kind of professional I continually strive to be.
I do take a lot of comfort from structure, from monotonous things. Some of my friends find it so boring, but I like it.
Every opponent is a new opponent. Trust me, they don’t give a crap how many matches I have won.
I have no fear. No apprehension. I look forward to the challenge.
There’s tension (on court), there’re nerves from everybody – my parents, my own, hundreds of people around me and obviously the situation as it is in the match. I’m going to encounter that every single time I play and I hope to be able to encounter that every single time I play because that means there’s a lot of enjoyment there and a lot of just good competitiveness.
I really just try to run down as many balls as I can and really just take the chances that I get.
I enjoy creating a space around me and not getting too high or too low. But I am continuously looking to get better – not just as a tennis player but also as a person dealing with new experiences.
I don’t really look at myself as someone who needs to prove a point to anyone.
If you work extremely hard but come off feeling upset about the result – it’s self-destructive. You can hurt yourself. As long as you value the effort you put in yourserf, remain your own best friend.
I’m not a fan of drama. I’m not a fan of these sort of things. I do the best that I can with the cards that I have.
You have a lot of battles and many are with yourself. The way my personality is – I do internalise some things and I beat myself up on the inside.
I just have to work hard on keeping a level in head and being kind to myself because it’s easy to adopt other people’s expectations or opinions about you. But whether I win or lose in the first round or the semis is not going to change my core values. That’s my biggest learning curve.
It’s interesting that all the things that I work on in my tennis – staying in the present, staying calm, enjoying the battle – just do not transfer into any other competitive situations.
I look to constantly be a better version of myself every time I step out on court.
When I go to the gym, I work on getting my muscles stronger and I try to treat my mind in the same manner.
I had to experience many situations and emotions to develop and I’m still striving to become the kind of competitor I want to be. It’s hard to stick to your belief in the process when things aren’t going so well. But that’s when it’s most important.
As I’ve got older I’ve really had to dig deep and find where my happiness comes from. Why do I play tennis? You get a lot of incredible highs but it can be very lonely with some dark lows. So the biggest thing I’ve learned is finding the reasons for my enjoyment.
The way I am on court is not the way I was born. I was different as a junior. But I’ve grown up and a lot of hard work has been put in to get me to the point where I am now. Difficulties come your way at every turn so it’s constantly about reinforcing everything. And I know the work is far from over. I’ll work harder and I’ll get better. It’s pretty simple in the end.