Alize Lim: The toughest part is the mental part and being lonely on tour
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France's Alize Lim says the toughest part in tennis is the mental part and being lonely on tour. Lim, 31, enjoyed the best season of her career in 2014. Back then, Lim faced 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the French Open first round and achieved a career-high ranking of No.
135 in the world. Lim, now ranked at No. 836 in the world, worked for Eurosport as a tennis expert during the Australian Open. “For me it’s the toughest part of tennis is the mental part and being lonely on tour,” Lim said on Eurosport, as quoted on Tennis465.
Lim: Being alone after losing is tough
“Maybe something that those girls we talk about will never know because they have been with people around them their whole time but, I started later so I was 20 years old, so if you don’t start really early and have a federation who supports you or have parents who have a lot of money you’re by yourself and that was most of my career," Lim continued.
“Mentally the solitude is really tough and for me, the other part of tennis that’s really hard is that every single week you have an idea of yourself and it’s tough to separate your performance and yourself and not put yourself down in the image of yourself, like the self-esteem.
“After losing, you’re by yourself in a hotel room and you just lost and you just spent so much money, you’ve been practising so hard and you lose two in two and you were off that day, it’s so hard not to attribute that to yourself and be like I’m so terrible.
You think I have no value as a person and it goes on and on. And that’s the really tough mental part”. Lim hasn't appeared in any events since 2020. Lim hasn't yet retired from the game.