The atmosphere and dialogue are indeed changing in elite sports, especially in pro tennis with stars like Naomi Osaka opening up about their psychological struggles and the emotional rigors of the tour. “Break Point,” the brand new fly-on-the-wall documentary series from Netflix, focuses heavily on the mental rigors of the game, through leading players like Nick Kyrgios and Paula Badosa. “A lot happens behind the scenes,” Garcia said. “So rather more than people know.”
Garcia said on Tuesday, after her convincing 6-3, 6-0 first-round victory over the Canadian qualifier Katherine Sebov, that Netflix had recently contacted her team to explore the thought of her participating within the series.
She stays undecided. “You could have to weigh the professionals and cons,” she said. “Because the method is relatively intrusive, the way in which they film, and in the event you usually are not relaxed with that, it serves no purpose to do it.”
But Garcia, despite her uneasiness over the reach of her comments about eating, does think it has been helpful to share her story, not necessarily with most people but with those near her. She said her condition is bulimia, which regularly involves forced vomiting after a binge. Garcia said she didn’t vomit but took other extreme measures related to bulimia, like fasting to avoid putting on weight after a binge.
“I had accepted it and learned to address it,” she said. “My close people and my family and my team were totally aware. That’s an important thing. You don’t necessarily need for the entire world to know to live with it well.”
Alizé Cornet, a veteran French player and friend of Garcia’s, said she was unaware of Garcia’s troubles but said that many players undergo “some type of depression” while on tour.
“I feel prefer it’s almost obligatory process: to have the opportunity to bounce back and to know oneself and to get a long way from things,” Cornet said on Tuesday. She added: “I’m sad for her that she needed to undergo that, but after I see how she’s grown, it was perhaps something that was useful in spite of everything.”