“I will not come to Paris. Better not to go there than to go without conviction… ”A few hours after his abandonment in Vienna against Carreno-Busta, Gaël Monfils sounded the end of the season. Flamboyant at the start of the year, the world No. 11 had not won a single match (0 out of 4) since returning to the circuit. He delivered himself frankly this Tuesday during a small virtual press point.
“I do not have good feelings, I do not play tennis well, I have a discomfort in the service which had already earned me a lot of problems after the US Open last year, he explains. . You had to cut the negative spiral, recharge your batteries, take a little time to start training again for the Australian Open earlier. It’s all mental. I tense up, I can’t relax myself, I’m contracted and I hurt myself while playing… ”Day and night with its first three months of 2020, punctuated by two titles (Montpellier and Rotterdam) and a half in Dubai against Djokovic.
“It’s even harder mentally because it was one of my best seasons, he blows. It’s the first time that I felt so strong tenistically and physically at the same time. I had assembled all the ends. The fact of cutting a little, then for a long time, the fear of not knowing when we would resume… All of this made my level drop and my recovery did not help me. I lost confidence right away. When you are in a tournament, you are in a sort of bubble, impassive. The confinement changed me psychologically like everyone else, made me see things differently and I did not come back as strong in my head. “
“After confinement, I was a lot less fun”
After the Australian Open, Monfils had stopped working with his mental coach. “I won’t hide from you that I called him back quite a few times,” he smiles. I can’t visualize myself well, be positive, I get frustrated as soon as I fail, I no longer manage to impose my rhythm and I only suffer. I have no fire, I am sad. I can’t be happy because I can’t produce, externalize, let go. After confinement, I was a lot less fun, very focused on performance in training, which never happens to me. Wanting to be a perfectionist too much, you arrive in a match, you double fault and behind you make 50 … “
Now on vacation, the French n ° 1 is waiting to know the health conditions of the trip to Melbourne. “The situation changes every week,” he observes. I even had in mind to go there at the end of November, do my fortnight and my preseason there, but it’s very complicated. Besides, Elina (Editor’s note: Svitolina, his companion) doesn’t see himself leaving so early so I have to reconsider this option. But we will try to find a solution… ”
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