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Gestärkt durch Drama Die tragische Geschichte des Roberto Bautista Agut

Der spanische Tennisprofi verlor binnen weniger Monate seine Mutter und seinen Vater. Nun gab er Einblick in sein Seelenleben.

Roberto Bautista Agut beim Davis-Cup-Final 2019.
Legende: Wurde von den Emotionen übermannt Roberto Bautista Agut beim Davis-Cup-Final 2019. imago images

Roberto Bautista Agut sorgte im Nachgang des Davis-Cup-Triumphs 2019 mit Spanien gegen Kanada für Aufsehen. Er gab bekannt, dass am Final-Auftakttag sein Vater gestorben war. Einen Tag später stand er bereits wieder auf dem Platz und fuhr sogar einen Sieg gegen Félix Auger-Aliassime ein.

Eineinhalb Jahre zuvor hatte der 31-Jährige bereits unerwartet seine Mutter verloren. Sie hatte seinen Vater, der nach einem Unfall im Jahr 2016 vom Hals an abwärts gelähmt war, gepflegt. Gegenüber dem Online-Portal Behind the Racquet gab Bautista Agut nun Einblick in sein Seelenleben.

Nach dem Tod meiner Mutter blieb alles an meiner Frau und mir hängen. Doch ich wusste, dass ich nicht mit dem Tennis aufhören konnte. (...) Während dieser schrecklichen Zeit spielte ich teilweise mein bestes Tennis. Diese schwierigen Momente machten mich stärker. Ich kämpfte auf dem Platz so hart ich konnte, um meinen Eltern zu zeigen, dass sich ihre harte Arbeit gelohnt hat.

Bautista Agut liegt zurzeit im ATP-Ranking auf Platz 12. Nebst dem Davis-Cup-Sieg stiess er 2019 in Wimbledon bis in den Halbfinal und in der Weltrangliste bis auf Platz 9 vor.

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“My mom passed away in 2018. I was at the club I used to train at when I got a call after practice. I found out my mom went to sleep and didn’t wake up. It was 100% unexpected. She was very young, only 52 years old, but was supporting a lot of stress from taking care of my father. He was in the bed in the next room when my mom passed away. Back in 2016 my father was in an accident. My father fell while he was cleaning our horse stables and became paralyzed. From my father’s accident he became a quadriplegic, couldn’t move from the neck down. He used an artificial breathing machine since he couldn’t do it himself. We had two people, plus my mother, who took care of my father 24 hours a day. Then when my mom passed away and it was all on my wife and I. I would practice and then use my free time to go home and visit my father in the hospital or the house. I knew that during this time I could not stop playing. I had to help my father. In the beginning we didn’t know how much the treatments would cost or all of his operations. I know that besides the money playing tennis is what my father wanted for me. My parents wanted me to make my dreams come true no matter the situation. I kept playing and fought harder than I ever did. That was my way of making it worth it. During this horrible time is when I played some of my best tennis. I was there for my family as much as I could, but I couldn’t throw away what I have worked all my life for. I never gave up. It was November of 2019, when my father passed away. It was during the Davis Cup match against Canada. I got to be with him his last few minutes and played a match 24 hours later. It was what my father wanted for me. His passing was a little unexpected but my family knew that it could happen any day or month. Even though I knew this, once your father passes away you face that. These tough moments made me stronger and more powerful. It gave me a strength others didn’t have. It made me more focused and motivated. I did everything I could to fight hard on the court to show my mother and father that their hard work was worth it.” @robertobautistaagut Go to behindtheracquet.com for extended stories, podcast and merch., Link öffnet in einem neuen Fenster

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