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https://www.wtatennis.com/news/i-want-rediscover-myself-golovin-announces-comeback-considers-october-return

'I want to rediscover myself' - Golovin announces comeback, considers October return

Former World No.12 Tatiana Golovin announced a surprise return to tennis after over a decade away from the sport due to chronic back inflammation known as ankylosing spondylitis.

September 13, 2019

On the heels of former World No.1 Kim Clijsters' comeback announcement, former French rival Tatiana Golovin is the latest to announce a return to tennis, having last played professionally in 2008.

"The idea first took shape last year, but I started taking it more seriously since this summer," Golovin said in an interview with BeIN Sports*. "I began very serious physical training last month. The goal was to be ready for the start of next year, but things are moving quickly, and as of today, I'm planning to perhaps resume in mid-October."

Golovin was a rising star in the mid-00s, reaching a career-high ranking of World No.12 just as her first career was coming to a close.

A 2004 French Open mixed doubles champion, she reached the second week of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon that same year and earned her best Grand Slam result at the 2006 US Open - where she upset then-World No.5 Nadia Petrova en route to the quarterfinals.

She won two WTA singles titles and reached her first final as a 16-year-old, finishing runner-up to a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova, who went on to win Wimbledon three weeks later, at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

The Russian-born Frenchwoman played her last match in the spring of 2008, losing to a young Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, and was ultimately diagnosed with chronic back inflammation known as ankylosing spondylitis.

"I stopped because my body could no longer handle the requirements of high-level sport due to my injury. In the last 18 months, I have been asked on several occasions to talk about it, and in speaking with doctors, I learned that there were treatments that could possibly allow me to come back."

Admitting that she still felt pain, Golovin appears eager to return all the same after spending the last several years watching tennis as a commentator.

"My motivation is not to prove anything to anyone; instead, I want to rediscover myself. In hindsight, I have realized that I expressed myself best as an athlete.

"There is always doubles," she joked when asked how she would manage in the absence of singles success. "But I won't ask myself these questions now, and will instead on my training and preparation," she added, thanking the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and its president, Bernard Giudicelli, for their support in her comeback.
 

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Tati lost 0-6 1-6 to Antonia Lottner in 54 minutes ! :sobbing: :sad:

Maybe better to begin on 15k level or train more. She is not ready yet obviously.
 

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Here the match vs Lottner for those who missed it :p

 

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Here an interesting interview with Tati from GM :)

https://www.tennisforum.com/81979297-post265.html

She was actually working at the ATP Paris Masters.

She gave a new interview here.
She said that tennis has haunted her dreams and nightmares ever since she retired.

How she started again:
"It started with a remark by Pauline Parmentier on a TV set this year at Wimbledon. Smiling, she said to me, "You talk like a journalist!" She thought I was a bit critical having forgotten how complicated it is to get there. Thinking back, yes, I had done more television than tennis in my life. This job came to me, I had no ambition: it's a shame because we stagnate in its conditions, but logical since I never dreamed of doing television. I took the racket again. I wanted to outdo myself because I do not like comfort."

Poitiers:
"I know very well that we normally do not start playing again after only two months of training. Everyone advised me against it, I was told: "It's useless, you did not even win a set in training". I did it to regain the status of player, this routine. And I liked it. Defeats 6-0, 6/1 as Poitiers, we take even better prepared. We can miss a match but we learn a lot more from this kind of defeats than training."

What is your goal?
"Of course, I'm not interested in being 500th in the world. I want to replay the Grand Slams, find the team of France. I missed the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. Tokyo arrives a little early because you have to be Top50 but at the limit, even if you talk long term, you can "stay alive" until Paris 2024 and finish there, it would be the ultimate goal. The desire is there but you have to be lucid: I went professional at 16, it's young but I had ten years of tennis behind me! It's a long way with little chance of success. Maybe I will not get there, question of level, of physics, of mental ... but I will accept it because I would have tried. I am not afraid of failure. It's a state of mind."

That's to say?
"Without risk, we can not do beautiful things. I am proud to make this choice, to have no regrets. Clearly, it's a crisis of the thirties! My life was good, quiet, but I could not be satisfied with that. I said to myself, "What do I show my children? "I want to instill in them values ​​but how to transmit them when we do not represent them anymore? My eldest is 5 years old, she understands very well. For her, the examples are very important. And let's be clear, I can not do anything but play tennis! I have never had other talents so if I wanted to find myself, it was to resume my sport."
 
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