In a recent interview with ATPTour.com, Roberto Bautista Agut spoke about difficulties he experienced during his career.

The Spaniard experienced really difficult years on the Tour. He lost both of his parents in a really short time while still trying to maintain his best game as a professional tennis player. Now, Bautista Agut opened up about how difficult this period has been for him.

“I felt stressed 24 hours per day for four years,” Bautista Agut told ATPTour.com. “It was very difficult. Many times, when I was by my father’s side, I found that it was difficult and stressful, and I needed to stay away for a while. I’d seen my father in intensive care for six months and a further five months at the Institut Guttmann in Barcelona, witnessing tetraplegic babies and 15-year-old kids, who were in motorbike accidents, and were in the same situation as my father. But, whenever I left home to go to tournaments, I felt that my father needed me. Both of us wanted to support each other, it was a reciprocal feeling. I was fortunate to be able to say goodbye in the last minutes of my father’s life.”

“I’ve been through very difficult times, it’s been a really tough experience,” says Bautista Agut. “They have taught me a lot about life. Tennis helped me to have a free mind, as I was very focused on my job as much as I could, so to not be thinking all the time about the problems I had back home. Tennis has been my escape, my help to deal with everything that happened in the best possible way.”

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Author: Erik Virostko