Badosa shares a brutal truth: "Mental stress affected Muguruza, Osaka and Barty"

The Spanish tennis star is not surprised about their mental health issues

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Badosa shares a brutal truth: "Mental stress affected Muguruza, Osaka and Barty"
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Paula Badosa gave an interview to El Pais, talking about important issues such as mental health, highlighting how tennis demands a lot from its athletes, as happened to Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and recently Garbine Muguruza.

Badosa said both Osaka and Muguruza wanted to take a break after enduring long periods of stress, while Ashleigh Barty retired at 25 precisely because tennis demanded a lot of her. "It's not by chance. It is no coincidence that you see Ashleigh Barty retiring at 25, Naomi Osaka going through a mentally difficult period.

Then Garbine Muguruza… It is no coincidence. This is a very demanding sport in which we are forced to play more and more weeks and you are very exposed. It doesn't surprise me."

When will Garbine Muguruza return?

In an interview with Women's Health, the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza underlined that tennis is not her priority at the moment.

The Spanish tennis player is out form the beginning of the season and she still hasn't talk about a come back: "Today I don't feel like I want to return to competitions. I want to rest, be with my family and make up for lost time I don't go beyond what I'm doing today, in the present, and I don't look beyond that.

My body and my mind needed this. By not competing I still keep in shape, without always having to push myself to the limit. I go to the gym regularly, I love weight training, I do zumba, pilates, yoga, boxing... I take this opportunity to give a chance to those things that I couldn't give a chance to when I was on the circuit.

Tennis has no place in my routine. I am aware of my teammates, maybe I can play sometimes but for pure fun, without intensity. It doesn't occupy my mind, my routine or my day, I'm taking a real break and keeping myself completely off the court."