Former world No. 7 Madison Keys surprised everyone with her answer when asked who helped her get her groove back following a challenging 2021 season. Keys' 2021 season got off to a rough start as a positive COVID-19 test forced her to cancel her trip to Australia.
Keys finally started her 2021 season in March but then a series of bad results followed. After making the Wimbledon round-of-16, it took Keys three months to claim another win. Keys was on a six-match losing streak before beating Kaia Kanepi in the Indian Wells Masters first round in October.
After a rocky 2021, Keys' 2022 season got off a good start as last week she won Adelaide 2 and on Monday she beat Sofia Kenin in the Australian Open first round.
A TikTok influenced helped Keys
“I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit it, but there were a few different things but one of the first things that really made me kind of snap out of it was, there's this girl on TikTok and her name is Tinx (@itsmetinx).
She's constantly saying, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’. And that really actually made me – I mean, I know she didn't come up with the quote, but that's who I heard it from first,” explained Keys, per Eurosport.
“But it just really made me change my perspective of, why am I focused on comparing everything that I've done and I'm doing to everyone else around me when it's just making me miserable? Why would why am I going to keep doing that? “And then I talked to my coach, who has been great.
And the biggest thing that he's really of helped me with is before every match, he says, ‘There is no need to and there is no half to and it's just another match and we're gonna go out and it's a new day and we're just gonna go focus on this singular match’”.