“Tennis Is A Very Demanding Sport”- Roberto Bautista Agut Looks Forward To ATP Tour Return


Roberto Bautista Agut

After more than five months of forceful lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, everybody is eagerly waiting to get back on the court, and so is Roberto Bautista Agut.

Roberto last played at the Dubai Duty-free tennis Championship in February and is now ready to get back on the court and play at the Western and Southern Open in New York.

“I can’t wait to return to competition. After so much training, I feel that the wait is getting a little long for me. In the end, what you want is to get back to the courts as soon as possible.”, Bautista said while talking to ATP Tour.com.

Roberto Bautista Agut

According to the Spaniard, this break just seemed like an extended preseason, which gave him a lot more time to train. But also taught him to take breaks and be patient at the same time. It gave him time to work on all aspects of the court: the serve, return, and the net game.

“We’ve been able to work calmly on my net game. Also, [we have put] more emphasis on the physical side of things than normal because we didn’t have any tournaments in the short term.” He added.

When asked about which tournament he missed the most, the 32-year-old said he loves to play everywhere and does not have a favorite. “I find something to like in every surface and at every tournament. Everywhere is unique.” He said.

I am sure we will come out of this stronger”-Roberto Bautista Agut

Apart from playing at the tournaments, the Spanish player also missed his peers with whom he used to spend most of the year while on tours.

“If sport teaches you anything, it’s the ability to overcome. I am sure we will come out of this stronger.” World No.12 Player said.

Roberto has a very optimistic approach towards this unusual situation and has used this time to better himself.

“On a social level I’ve been very on top of everything that has been happening, helping with various local and national initiatives.”, he said.

Moreover, this lockdown has benefited the nine-time ATP singles champion as it has given him a chance to balance training with his personal life a little better. And here is how he has been doing it, “I would say the biggest thing is that I’ve been able to better combine training with life off the court, to enjoy being at home, sleeping in my bed, things that you miss during the season.”

Roberto Bautista Agut

Not to mention, who doesn’t like a break from all the traveling and the competition for a little bit, Roberto sure does. When asked what he does not miss, here is what he had to say, “The airports [laughs]. The travel time, the stress, and the pressure of competition. Tennis is a very demanding sport and being able to be at home, with peace of mind, has been good for me.”

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Bautista seems to have enjoyed his time staying at home and getting some time off. But, is now more than ready to get back on the court and return to play.


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