Injury to Zizou Berghs in Australia: "Disappointment is great"

Zizou Berghs tried to qualify for the main draw of a grand slam tournament for the first time in Melbourne. But in his first qualifying match against Ukrainian Vitaliy Satsjko, he was injured in the third set at 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 3-2.

“In the third set I got a severe pain in my knee. I couldn’t continue playing like this and I pulled the plug,” says Berghs. “I had the physiotherapist come, but he can’t do anything about it so quickly.”

It’s not a new injury. “It’s been there for a while. We know what it is and it’s not that bad, but the pain comes and goes. During the preparation we tinkered with my serving technique and the pain was gone.”

“But in Australia my knee started to play up again. Maybe I let the new technique water down a bit. I had pain at the tournament in Bendigo last week and today I was in pain again.”

Bergs had his sights set on the main draw. “It just sucks when you feel that you are the better player. At 5-4 in the second set I could finish it on my own serve, but I didn’t take the chance and in the tiebreak I let myself be caught. “

“The disappointment is great, because these are the moments you look forward to. There are only 4 grand slam tournaments in a year. A lot of work has been put into it, but I am satisfied that I can put it into perspective quite well. I’m doing well in many areas and there are many more tournaments to come.”

Another tournament is coming soon. “I am now looking at when I can return home and then preparation for the Challenger tournament in Quimper will start at the end of January,” said the 22-year-old tennis player. “That’s the great thing about tennis, there are many tournaments in a year and there are a lot of opportunities.”

Did the year start on a bad note? “It is a small setback, because I felt that I have been growing in recent months. I have narrowly lost the last matches and giving up injured is also a setback.”

“But the ball can start rolling again very quickly”, Berghs keeps his spirits up. “My breakthrough to the top 100 will happen this year, I still have a lot of confidence in that. It’s not because it is a bit disappointing in the beginning that you can’t make up for that. Not much has been lost in that area.”

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