The whole forensic approach to this is often very poorly thought-out;even with cases like Slutty Ana,it's not like she suddenly noticed that men existed,became intrigued and changed her mind about tennis.No,in a VERY rare honest moment,she admitted that she went sour on tennis when she realized that it was a JOB(and that she couldn't succeed by living like the childish,spoiled GIRL that she really is).Men aren't the SOURCE of the problem for such players;the distracting relationships are just a symptom of the overall unproductive attitude.
Going back to Caro,the discussion from critics is usually poorly contrived:
What's the argument?That Caroline was sufficiently focused on being the best.....met Rory.....and then was so overwhelmed by his charisma that she lost her mental composure and couldn't concentrate on anything else??With all due respect to any such believers,that's asinine,juvenile reasoning.It's far,FAR more logical to propose that Caroline reached a point where tennis became less emotionally satisfying;she contemplated how she lacked a companion who might be funner than tennis(according to that state of mind she had at the moment);and then she sought a relationship when it became viable.It's difficult to conceive that Caroline would get instantly infatuated with Rory....More like she was impressed with his gentlemanly conduct towards her and gradually grew fonder of him.Let's not forget how handsome Verdasco is considered by many women...and how aggressively he pursued Caroline...and wound up falling on his face,by shallow playboy standards,in the end.
The WS had periods a few years ago(am NOT referring to the more serious injuries) when they invented excuses to stay away from tennis b/c THEIR interest had waned,too.Instead of being ridiculed for having bfs,they got attention for pursuing BUSINESS opportunities,especially their interest in clothing design.Did WS fans say,'Oh,that damned fashion industry is destroying Vee's/Ree's career
!'??Of course not because,if it hadn't been clothing,it would've been something else.Likewise,even if some witch cast a spell that completely killed Caro's desire towards men,she'd find something else to fill the void of satisfaction that tennis no longer provided....or,failing that,she'd simply have less fire within her and would routinely go through the motions in her career until(IF) she found that youthful desire again.
In sum,Caro's relationship is,IN NO WAY,the SOURCE of the problem...even if one conceded that she allowed it to take valuable time away from tennis...which is still OPINION and not empirical fact(unless one can do a cross-comparison on how much time successful stars like Vika spend with their bfs,and thus determine that Caroline 'exceeds the normal limit').Ultimately,a ROOT cause would be that Caro lacked the same level of determination to succeed...and THEN pursued other things,such as relationships,to make her happy.That would mean that the problem resided WITHIN CARO and wasn't 'caused' by any person