Louisa Chirico

April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019 “2016 was probably the best year of my career so far. I broke into the top 100 for the first time and had some of my best results to date. Unfortunately, that season completely changed my expectations. I began to put a lot more pressure on myself. I felt like more people were watching me now, which made me uncomfortable. I liked flying under the radar and didn’t want to be in the spotlight. My preseason that year was awful, since my focus was on all the wrong things. I was so worried about defending/recreating the previous year I had, that I barely had a single productive practice. A month later, I remember sitting outside the locker room after a first round loss in the Australian open, crying, feeling overwhelmingly stressed out. I still can’t put my finger on why I was so upset at that exact moment, but I knew I was in trouble. It was only the second tournament of the year for me, but I remember feeling like I was already mentally fried. ‘Is this what I’m going to have to deal with for the entire season, or for the next several?’ Last season,

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