Paris, October 2
Italian tennis player Martina Trevisan, who knocked American 16-year-old Coco Gauff out of the French Open two days ago, said she had to be “re-educated to eat” after years of suffering from anorexia.
The 26-year-old from Florence ousted Gauff in three sets in the second round on just her second appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
The 159th-ranked Trevisan had been a promising junior player, reaching the semifinals in the girls doubles at French Open and Wimbledon over a decade ago. But she has revealed how she struggled as a teenager with an eating disorder after her father was diagnosed with a degenerative disease.
“I hated my muscular body and imposed on myself diets on the verge of survival to lose weight,” Trevisan wrote in a blog post. “Thirty grams of cereals and a fruit in the evening. It was enough for me to stand up, and to worry my mother, who ran to pick peaches from the trees just to see me eat something.”
“Fortunately, having reached the point of no return, I realised that I could not go on like this. I had lost all interest, I had closed myself in my cocoon, in a state of apathy in which I no longer even recognised myself,” she said. “I was re-educated to eat, to make peace with my wounds.”
Trevisan faces Greek 20th seed Maria Sakkari for a last-16 place having come through the qualifying tournament. Before Paris, her only appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam was in the first round of the Australian Open in January.
“Anorexia can be cured,” continued Trevisan, who spent four years away from tennis to battle her problems. “Almost without realising it I found myself again with a racquet in my hand.” — Agencies