Svitolina talks about her Nigeria trip
Elina Svitolina : I think that it was a tournament in Nigeria. Took the decision to go there myself. My managers were not happy with this choice. But I believe that these two tournaments (25-thousanders) will probably gain enough points to complete the task. After the Georgian series, I talked with Carlos (Rodriguez), and he approved my choice. Although in the end, line up was not as weak as initially thought. These tournaments were quite complex. But I could not even imagine that in this country, such a dangerous environment. Outside tennis.
Michael Svitolin: We helped Patrick Simon (current coach Elina). His knowledge of the country and the intricacies of being in it, because it was earlier in this competition. Unfortunately, such solutions we have been another reason that the calendar ITF constantly changing, many tournaments have gone and continue to go from the calendar. And we must constantly monitor these changes. After update is only 3 months in advance
- In terms of strategy - the three months, which you can plan your calendar - are very important.
Michael Svitolin: Yes. If you do not find yourself to some time at a certain position, you can not actually get to the next, and eventually collapses that been achieved before. It is important to clearly see the whole situation. And build the entire process as a training and competition, based not only on knowledge but also on assumptions, experience, forecast.
- Elina, back to Nigeria. Your first impressions about the country as soon as you stepped into the Nigerian reality?
Elina Svitolina : I did not expect that there will be so dangerous. I was warned, but I could not believe it. Thought, there are also people live. But when I came out of the airport, I saw with my own eyes. There's a dirty, evil people, looking as if he would kill you. The local population is very aggressive to visitors, especially the whites. In their understanding, the white - so rich, and you simply must share with them!
- Psychology ball?
Elina Svitolina : Yes. We went to the store unless accompanied by police, will not be out of the hotel. Was the situation when we left the hotel to eat, it was a mistake. Right in front of us in the crowd stabbed to death man. We just carried.
- After this incident, the hotel you nowhere?
Elina Svitolina : anywhere without police escort.
- Courts have been at the hotel?
Elina Svitolina . No. We drove there, accompanied by flashing lights.
- Both tournaments were held in one second place?
Elina Svitolina : Yes. The competitions were good enough. But here's courts. Obviously, no one is caring for the year. We arrived, and in our presence, their glory! It was very hard, 40-degree heat was stifling dirty, dust rose from the court. The conditions were terrible. About ten tennis players were poisoned.
Michael Svitolin: Thanks to Patrick Simon, we were provided with all the necessary antiviral drugs and medicines, soft, very good.
Elina Svitolina : Yes, I always saw and cure malaria. It is believed that in Nigeria the highest humidity in Africa. Therefore, these two events I remember. It was very hard. By the end of the second week I was devastated physically and mentally.
- What you need to win in such conditions? Overcome yourself? One day in a special way to adjust? Endure?
Elina Svitolina : probably a little of everything. In the complex. You have to work, and get away from okolotennisnyh inconvenience. On a match to forget them. After all, every player experiences the same difficulties. This is not easy. But I managed to cope and achieve near maximum results.
- But some tennis players, knowing the conditions on the floor and priezzhyut s tournament time. The same Tamarin Hendler , which you lost in the semifinals of the second tournament.
Elina Svitolina : She was born in South Africa, living in Florida. She was accustomed to, and Africa, and its heat, and klimat.No and she poisoned herself early in the first tournament, lost in the first round. Perhaps that's why she had the strength to go all the way in the second tournament. All the other girls have already been squeezed. Thinking only of how to fly home as soon as possible.