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Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki exclusive: How to stay cheerful

   
Sabine Lisicki tells The Tennis Space ‘How to stay cheerful and positive when you’re injured’:
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Don’t watch tennis, if it’s going to be too painful for you. “When I’ve been injured, I’ve found it too hard to even watch tennis on TV. I knew that it would be too painful. Missing Wimbledon one year was a real heartbreaker and I knew that if I watched it I would just want to be out there on the court even more.”
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Surround yourself with good people. “Even during the times I have been injured, I never thought about quitting. That’s because tennis is my passion and it’s what I want to do. But of course there were days during my rehab when it was difficult and it seems like a long way back. But those are the times when you need to have good friends and people around you who can help you stay cheerful. You can’t always do this on your own and you need their encouragement.”
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Learn to appreciate your health again. “There was a time when I was on crutches and I was having to learn how to walk all over again. That gave me a new appreciation of what it is to have two healthy legs and what it is you can do with them.”
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Stay competitive even if you’re not playing tennis. “If you can’t walk or run, perhaps you can swim? During one rehab, I did a lot of swimming and I did it competitively as I was always testing myself. I wanted to improve my technique and to get better times. So you might not be playing tennis, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be competitive.”
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Be patient. “One of the hardest things is knowing when you’re ready to come back. I’ve made the mistake in the past of coming back too soon when I wasn’t quite ready. That comes down to experience, of knowing what your body is capable of. And when you do come back, you have to think that you’re starting from scratch again. Things are going to happen slowly so you can’t expect too much at the beginning.”
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