Lorenzo Musetti: I didn't want to play tennis after breaking up with girlfriend

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Lorenzo Musetti: I didn't want to play tennis after breaking up with girlfriend

Rising Italian star Lorenzo Musetti admitted that breaking up with his girlfriend hit him hard and he didn't want to play tennis anymore. Musetti, who made a strong start to the season with semifinals in Acapulco and Lyon, went on a six-match losing streak before ending it at the US Open.

“I have had a bad period in recent months. I separated from my girlfriend. I didn't want to play anymore. So I decided to see a psychologist and now I'm better,” Musetti said in an interview for Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Musetti was up by two sets against Novak Djokovic in the French Open round-of-16 before retiring in fifth set. “After the French Open [Roland Garros], I was really under the spotlight. Media and things outside, maybe I gave too much time to that and didn’t focus enough on my tennis.

It’s been a hard period for me," Musetti noted.

Musrtti was also having hard time dealing with pressure

Musetti drew atention to himself earlier this year when he made the Acapulco semifinal as a qualiifier. Two months later, Musetti made the Lyon semifinal and the round-of-16 at the French Open.

“It’s a lot of pressure on a 19-year-old, to be expected to win most of the time,” said Musetti. “I didn’t know how to manage it. I was exploding inside, and I couldn’t give 100 per cent on the court.

I started to work with a mental trainer and it’s working. It’s not easy to change these things, I think it’s a long way to go, but I’ve improved mentally. “Even in this match [against Polmans], I fought for every point.

That’s what makes me the happiest. Look at Marc, Top 150, it’s so hard. There is such a tiny difference from the Challengers to here on the ATP Tour. Everyone has to be at 100 per cent the whole time and that’s tough”.

Lorenzo Musetti