World No. 8 Paula Badosa admitted she doesn’t love being in the spotlight that much as she revealed she felt tense during her time in Spain after the 2021 season ended.
Badosa enjoyed a strong end to 2021 as she won the Indian Wells Masters, debuted at the WTA Finals and broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career.
“To be honest, I don’t really like it because I grew up in a small town and my goal was to be the best I can as a tennis player. But of course, when you are a good tennis player, you have these off-court things. I have to start to get used to it,” Badosa told the WTA Tour.
“I think the things that I enjoy more were the photo shoots. I’ve been a little bit used to that because my parents were in the fashion industry. Some days if I’m not too tired I enjoy it a little bit. And I learned it’s another world, so I like learning new things.
“Sometimes I get stressed because it’s something that I’m not used to because I just want to play tennis. I don’t want the other things. But of course, I know it’s part of my job and I’m happy with that because that means that I’m doing very good at my job. So I’m trying slowly to get used to it. I have an amazing team that helps me to get through that.”
Badosa now dealing with everything a bit better
“I’m approaching it better. I think even one week ago, I wasn’t even conscious of what happened because it was very crazy. In Spain as well, a lot of things were very intense,” Badosa added.
“But now when I arrived here, I was with my coach and I was telling him, ‘Wow, I’m No.8 in the world, huh?’ I won Indian Wells and I did a good year. Now I’m trying to approach it a little bit better. So yeah, I think sometimes you need some time and when it’s the first time you need a little bit more time.
“But of course, as you can see, the season is starting already tough and it’s going to be very tough. So that’s why it’s very important to stay humble and to work a lot.”