World No 4 Caroline Garcia has opened up about her battle with eating disorder bulimia as in the past she used defeats as an excuse to allow herself to eat everything. Garcia, 29, struggled with her game for a few years before impressively rediscovering her top game in the second part of the 2022 season.
In the second part of 2022, Garcia won four titles – including the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals. Garcia is once again considered as one of the best players on the WTA Tour. “Everyone is different. Some will stop eating and for me it was the opposite: I used to take refuge in food.
You feel so empty, so sad, that you need to fill yourself. It came from the distress of not managing to do what I wanted to do on court, of not winning anymore, of suffering physically. Eating would appease me for a few minutes.
We all know it does not last but it was an escape route. When you’re alone, it’s harder to control. In tennis, you spend a lot of time alone in your room. It’s how it often happened,” Garcia told L’Equipe.
Garcia: Defeat became an excuse to eat everything
“Defeat became an excuse to allow everything to me.
This is much less the case today. In the players’ restaurant, there are plenty of temptations, it’s not easy. You learn about yourself as you go,” Garcia revealed. But after realizing and accepting the fact that she had a problem, Garcia started opening up to those close around her.
That has helped as Garcia is now dealing with bulimia much better. “I started talking about it, to my relatives, to friends, to my parents. You begin to understand. You realise that if this happens to you, it’s not the end of the world,” Garcia added.