Maria Sakkari opens up about quitting tennis on Netflix series

Maria Sakkari Unit Cup Sydney 10

The 28-year-old, who is currently sitting at No 8 in the WTA rankings, went on to confirm she considered quitting tennis at her lowest moments.

“I see myself and I don’t like what I see,” she continued. “Sometimes I feel like I want to end my career, but I don’t feel like I have achieved everything that I wanted to.

“I am not ready to finish my career because if I chose to do something else, I wouldn’t feel the same way. But if I keep losing… maybe it’s just not working.

“For me it was disappointing. There were times when I could not deliver that fighting spirit. It has been killing me inside.

“I don’t want to play tennis forever. Maybe I should just quit.”

The footage then cuts to Sakkari talking to her coaching team after a painful loss against Marta Kostyuk at Wimbledon, as she lost her way in a match that saw her win the first set 6-0.

“You are looking for excuses,” a tearful Sakkari argued with her team. “You are not seeing the reality that I can’t play. I feel like I can’t get it back. I’ve lost my way here… that’s how I feel.”

Later in the episode, Sakkari revealed how she overcame her first round loss at Wimbledon and tried to rebuild her confidence.

“I just gave time to myself and went back to basics,” she added.

“I started working with my psychologist. She really, really helped me not to focus on negative things.

“I know that I don’t deserve social media and hate messages, so I’m not going to waste my time and energy thinking about it. Spending time with my family is much more important for me.

“I cannot be afraid of failure right now. I know whatever your age you can improve and we always have opportunities to get better. We are not done yet.”

The episode concludes with Sakkari bouncing back in style as she wins the WTA 1000 event in Guadalajara in September and she ended with what she describes as a less than ladylike repost for her detractors on social media.

It has a compelling watch and allows viewers to go behind the scenes with a player who clearly lived through a trauma on the WTA Tour last year.

The second season of Break Point is available on Netflix from January 10. 

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