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Good article giving little more info on Goffin


David Goffin continues to prove that he's one of the best players in the world as he is a solid part of Top 25 of the ATP Rankings for over 6 years.

The experienced Belgian has won his first ATP title back in 2014 and he continued to prove his great potential since. He also ended the 2018 season in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings and despite not having a very good 2020 season, he remains to be the 15th highest-ranked man in the world.

“I have been traveling since age 12. When I was 18, I met my girlfriend while she was at the University of Liège. I hardly saw her because I was constantly traveling. My family and friends understood what I was doing, but I missed them, especially when I lost matches or went through tough periods. Without the support of my family, being on tour would have been tough.⁣"

"They were times in my childhood when I wanted a normal life. I was far from home and sometimes I just wanted to be with friends. When I was at the Belgian Tennis Federation, I didn't spend time with my friends at school because I had to practice as soon as I was done with classes. But it was fun to play tournaments and compete against young players from other countries. When I stepped on the court, I was happy because I was practicing my passion," Goffin said.

"The toughest part of my career has been my confidence. When you come back from injury, your body is not feeling one hundred percent. You start to overthink your shots so you struggle with your game and lose matches. It's never easy to deal with the media because if you play well, they are behind you. But if you have a tough period, the media starts to doubt you. I don’t read what the media says about me anymore.⁣"

"You have to find your own happiness on tour. Sometimes it comes from a hard practice or a tough match. If you don't like the process, it is very tough because you are constantly traveling and have many hard moments. You have to find something else that makes you happy if your ranking drops. Only your love of tennis can carry you through. When I was a junior player, I knew I wanted to play on tour. I was very small when I was young so I had to add special qualities to my game. Then I started to grow and become stronger. I played Futures events and faced players that were 15 years older. I started to win matches that I didn't expect to win. I believed in myself and now I am in the Top 10.”
 

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Nice story, Agree with Goffin's stance on the fake news media. Not enough good quality honest fair original media out there. Goffin is a miracle, he still looks like a junior or even 16s player or even a ball kid! But he's an elite atp player. Curious he doesn't mention much about the key coaching figures in his life.
 

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What media is he referring to?

Tennis media isn't cut-throat. They don't go in on players like Goffin when he loses a match.

Other than that, nice article. Good for character to get depth.
 

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The toughest part of my career has been my confidence. When you come back from injury, your body is not feeling one hundred percent. You start to overthink your shots so you struggle with your game and lose matches.
Toughest thing about tennis in the nutshell, on any level.
 

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Media: "We don't report what Goffin says anymore"
 

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I just know he cut ties with his coach at the end of the abbreviated 2020 season, who commented that Goffin was not happy on the court or off at the current time. This comment was made on the Tennis Channel here in the US.
 

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clever choice considering his post covid level because OMFG...hopefully he comes back stronger next year
 

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Goffin like most pros got tired of answering the same old questions, forehands backhands, how's your form, blah blah blah. Maria Sharapova even said the media asks the same questions every week, she said she didn't even have to think to answer them anymore, she would just answer like a robot on auto pilot without thinking. Most media is just not creative or stimulating to players. Here is a good interview with Goffin earlier in his career, he shared some great stories and anecdotes. David Goffin Biofile · Tennis-Prose.com
 
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