World number 4 Caroline Garcia has opened up about her battle with the eating disorder bulimia, having used defeats as an excuse in the past to allow herself to eat everything. Garcia, 29, struggled with her game for a few years before impressively rediscovering her best game in the second half 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. García is once again considered one of the best players on the WTA Tour. «All the world is different. Some will stop eating and for me it was the opposite: I took refuge in food.
You feel so empty, so sad, that you need to fill yourself up. He came from the anguish of not being able to do what he wanted on the field, of not winning more, of suffering physically. Eating would calm me down for a few minutes.
We all know it doesn’t 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. This is how it often happened,» Garcia told L’Equipe.
García: The defeat became an excuse to eat everything
«The defeat became an excuse to allow myself everything.
This is much less the case today. In the restaurant of the players there are plenty of temptations, it is not easy. You learn about yourself as you go along,” Garcia revealed. But after realizing and accepting the fact that she had a problem, Garcia began to open up to those around her.
That has helped as Garcia is now dealing much better with bulimia. “I started talking about it, to my family, my friends, my parents. You start to understand. You realize that if this happens to you, it’s not the end of the world,» Garcia added.