BRUSSELS ( Associated Press) — Caroline Garcia admitted that the loss caused bouts of bulimia and the constant pain from her leg injury that affected her daily life.
Now ranked fourth in the WTA world rankings and in good spirits, the 29-year-old Frenchwoman decided to speak publicly about her battle in an interview with sports newspaper L’Equipe.
After several inconsistent years battling with doubts and injuries, Garcia took a break from tennis in March to recuperate from the injury. The gap worked to her advantage and the tennis player enjoyed a stellar second half to the 2022 season, winning titles at the WTA Finals, Cincinnati, Bad Homburg and Warsaw, apart from appearances in the semi-finals of the US Open.
Prior to this string of success, Garcia admitted that “there were many moments of tears and sleepless nights.”
Garcia – who was previously No. 4 in the world in September 2018 – assured that he took refuge in food to compensate for the pain and anxiety caused by the defeat.
“You feel empty, sad and like you need to fill yourself up,” she said. “The pain of not being able to do what I wanted to do on the court, not being able to win, and being physically hurt. Eating calmed me down for a few minutes. We all know it doesn’t last… but it was an escape. You have no control.”
Garcia admitted that being alone in his hotel room on tour made it difficult for him to handle the situation. Talking about her problems with family and friends helped her repair her relationship with food.
“Since I’m enjoying everything tennis has to offer and taking more time to myself, it happens less often,” he admitted. “And when it does, I accept it and feel less guilty about it. Indulging in small joys more regularly keeps me from getting those cravings as often.
In November, Garcia became the second French tennis player since Amélie Mauresmo in 2005 to win the WTA Finals, the year-end tournament. She is expected to feature in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, which begins on January 16. in Melbourne Park.
In an interview last month for the WTA website, she indicated that her goal for 2023 was to win a Grand Slam title.
“Getting healthy first, but winning a Slam is probably one of my goals and dreams since I was a kid and with the latest results, the WTA finals, the US Open semifinals, they made it more concrete and somewhat achievable.” Made it, something that I can achieve,” he said.