Victoria Azarenka: “If I had a daughter, I would ask myself the question of letting her play tennis”

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Victoria Azarenka: “If I had a daughter, I would ask myself the question of letting her play tennis”

The player’s dependence on her coach: “It’s manipulation”

“In women’s tennis, I see a lot of coaches who make their players dependent on them. I think it’s very dangerous. It is manipulation. I would like us to talk about it more often. The coach’s job is to teach his player not to need him. I hope the young players have the objective to depend only on themselves because it is an individual sport.

Listen, be open-minded, absorb and be sponges. I heard Serena talk about that, about being a sponge. 23 Grand Slams, so many titles while having that learning student mentality, but taking a bit more control of your own career. »

“I hope she will come out of this stronger and that her career will not be ruined by this”

Victoria Azarenka on Fiona Ferro

Control and sexual abuse: “Vulnerable young players who some take advantage of”

“It’s a very sensitive subject. You won’t hear these stories if the players don’t speak up to tell them. It happens here and there on the circuit, which is unfortunate. At the players’ council, it’s practically our main topic. We need to provide better protection.

We see vulnerable young players, some of whom take advantage of them. It’s really sad and emotional because I have a son and I don’t see that happening on the men’s circuit. If I had a daughter, I would ask myself the question of letting her play tennis. That would worry me a lot. »

Fiona Ferro’s accusations: “I applaud her courage”

There’s the Fiona Ferro story that just came out. Words fail me. All we can do is check in on the person and reach out to try to help. I applaud his courage. I hope she will come out of this stronger and that her career will not be ruined by this.

This is a very, very heavy subject. But we need to talk about it more. It’s also your job (addressing journalists) to do your research and help people talk. Hoping to eliminate these situations one by one.

As long as the player wins, we don’t see the problem. But when the wins stop, everything gets dark and there’s no one to hold your hand. This is the moment we don’t talk about. »

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