Interesting and lengthy article on Ana. Just when you think you've heard it all...
Off the tennis court, Ivanovic often retreats to the nearest bookstore. She began reading Freudian psychology about the same time her slump began – and quickly closed the book. She went in search of fiction – books to help her escape an obsession with tennis that bordered on unhealthy.
Freud created unwinnable mind games for Ivanovic, who at 21 is prone to over-analysis and emotional swings. During a fourth-round loss at the French Open this year, she suffered dizzy spells and, according to her coach at the time, called her trainer onto the court because she was having trouble breathing.
Ivanovic’s publicist. Gaven Versi, said the symptoms stemmed from a medical condition diagnosed after the match, but neither he nor Ivanovic would disclose the condition. By contrast, Craig Kardon, Ivanovic’s coach during the French Open, said he thinks the dizzy spells and breathing trouble stemmed from the intense pressure Ivanovic puts on herself.
“She keeps a lot of things inside of her,” said Kardon, a widely regarded coach whose past clients have included Martina Navratilova, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport. “I think she has a lot of emotions inside of her that she doesn’t share with anybody.”
Despite the fourth-round loss, Kardon said he was relieved the French Open was behind them, that Ivanovic could stop worrying about defending her title at Roland Garros and start preparing for grass and the hardcourts, – playing surfaces Kardon considers his specialties.
But then Ivanovic fired Kardon. She never explained why, and Kardon said he’s not at liberty to discuss the specifics.
“She’s a perfectionist and she wants everything perfect,” Kardon said. “It’s a continual struggle.
“Obviously she’s a very talented player and she’s capable of playing at a high level and winning Slams. But I think she puts way too much pressure on herself.”
What is it with the Serbs and odd breathing illnesses that seem to be related to stress? Nole and Ana really are MFEO.