Life is too big to play small ’. With this phrase Garbiñe Muguruza is presented to social networks. “Life is too big to play small.” The tennis player from Caracas has suffered a lot in the last two years due to injuries and negative results on court.
Last November, the player reviewed, in a Spanish publicity event, the last rackets of 2019 and the new direction of her professional career. The incorporation of the Spanish tennis player, Conchita Martínez, as coach.
A tough season
Muguruza, 26, took stock of her game and recognized that “the most demanding is herself.” And that, sometimes, even “cruel”. During 2019, she played 36 games, of which she won 22. She only conquered one title: the Monterrey Open, in Mexico. At Wimbledon and the US Open, she didn’t make it past the first round. And at Roland Garros and the Australian Open, she was eliminated in the round of 16. Likewise, in 2018, she won again in Monterrey and reached the semifinals of the Paris Grand Slam.
She recognized that success “has good and bad things.” And the best, without a doubt, was to conquer Roland Garros 2016 and Wimbledon 2017. “When I think of those tournaments I get a smile. They happen very quickly and you remember what is good when something does not go well ”. She referred to the current past season and criticism. “Everyone has an opinion of you. Those who love me today hate me tomorrow. It is part of the sport. I’m trying to get away from it. “
It closed the year 2019 as number 35 in the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) ranking. Her worst record in a season finale since 2013. Far is that number one, which ran from September 11 to October 8, 2017.
The injuries did not help either. And, in November, she ended the season. She was unable to compete in the Tianjin and Moscow tournaments due to pain in her right leg.
Her most personal and cold challenge
In late November she decided to challenge herself off a tennis court and climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro. “It is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I managed to climb, but had a very bad time. I have been cold to death, I have slept in a bag at freezing temperatures, wondering, who would send me here? I don’t recommend it ”, he finished with a laugh.
“We climbed for six hours. In one section she was crying ”, she highlighted on her Instagram
Conchita, the savior
For the return of her best version, trust Conchita Martínez. With her on the bench, Wimbledon won. In addition, she trained him for a month in 2018. “I am very excited to start the year with her. I’ve known her since she was 14 and we got along great. ” Both were free after recently breaking their commitments.
The Aragonese trained the Czech Karolina Pliskova. Together they played the semifinals of the Australian Open and won four tournaments (Brisbane, Rome Premier 5, Eastbourne and Zhengzhou).
Muguruza broke the contract with her previous coach Sumyk at Wimbledon in 2019. She accompanied her for four years. The Spanish, Anabel Medina, helped her until the end of the 2019 season (Cincinnati Open, US Open and Asian tour) and decided to ‘sign’ Conchita. “I took time to think about the person who could help me and then I thought about them.” The union is sensible because together with Conchita, the Caracas player achieved her best tennis.
It will be the third joint stage. “Garbiñe and I will work together in the 2020 season. New challenges and great enthusiasm. Thanks to all of you who will be supporting us. Let’s go! ”Announced the now coach on her social networks.
With this photo, Conchita presented Muguruza as her new adventure partner
Your new ‘coach’
Among the achievements of Conchita Martínez, the victory of Wimbledon 1994 stands out; and three Olympic medals (1992, 1996 and 2004). She was a finalist in the Australian Open (1998) and Roland Garros (2000). In 2006, she retired from the circuit as a professional player.
On the bench, her captaincy stands out in the Spanish teams between 2013 and 2017. She became the first woman to captain the men’s Spanish Team.
The beginning of 2020
Among the challenges of 2020 are the Tokyo Olympics. There is still a long way to go. The first joint step of both was the choice of the preseason location. The United States repeated “because of the climate.”
“I start from scratch and you have to have great goals. Mine is being the best and trying to win great trophies. Slowly. I have learned to look from a different perspective ”. Garbiñe Muguruza is confident that Conchita will be decisive, again.
Muguruza’s first rackets
With his brothers. Where it all started !, expressed in social networks
The daughter of a Spanish father (who emigrated to Venezuela in 1978) and a Venezuelan mother, Garbiñe was born in Caracas. At the age of four, she moved to Guatire (Miranda). Her two older brothers, Igor and Asier, taught her to pick up her first racket and play her “balls.” Thus, she began to practice this sport at the Mampote Tennis Club, in Guarenas. The tennis player forged her passion in Venezuela with the help of her first coach, René Fajardo. An unavoidable appointment from Monday to Saturday. And at the age of six she left Venezuela, along with her mother, to Spain to continue her dream, training at the Bruguera Tennis Academy. She has a very good record of that stage in Barcelona. In 2011, she debuted as a professional on the WTA women’s circuit. In 2014, she decided to represent Spain (dual Spanish nationality) in international competitions. It debuted in the Federation Cup.
Each party is different. Every tournament. Every year. But, in 2017, Wimbledon raised it with Conchita. Why not repeat? You know, ‘Life is too big to play small.’