Sania Mirza reacts during a match. File
Tennis ace Sania Mirza said that one needs to be more sensitive while coaching young female sportspersons.
Speaking in the All India Tennis Association and the Sport Authority of Indias digital Coachs Education webinar on Wednesday, Sania said that coaches need to be sensitive of the hormonal changes that girls go through while working with them.
“My dad always tells me that to work with a woman tennis player is a lot trickier and a lot more mental because I do think that there are a lot of issues that girls go through, especially when they are adolescent,” said Sania.
“There are so many changes that are happening, internally in your body and externally as well. You are trying to be the best tennis player that you can be while there are so many hormonal changes happening as well, and it happens throughout the life of a woman.
“You can be a little bit more sensitive to their needs and the way they are because a lot of the times they are just trying to discover who they are, while they are also trying to be a tennis player. It can be a pretty tough job.”
33-year-old Sania made her comeback to tennis this year after giving birth to her first child. She won the Hobart International in January before playing an integral role in helping India seal a historic playoff spot in the Fed Cup.
“Just the way I have managed everything else, I could manage both tennis and motherhood. I am lucky enough to have enough help around me as well, that is a huge plus point for me.
“My mom and my sister have played a huge part in giving me as much help as possible,” said Sania on being asked about how she is managing the twin-role of mother and professional tennis player.
“A lot of people questioned it even when I was trying to make that comeback, how did you find time to lose so much weight. There’s so much that happens with your body after you give birth.
“You just have to, sort of, adapt, find a way to take out two hours from your day to work-out and try to find that balance. It’s also good for your own sanity as well, to find time for yourself.”
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