The tennis player’s work is silent. The growth is gradual, sometimes imperceptible and can be seen in the details. It is also true that a good streak, as a result of the above, can generate the confidence necessary to continue growing.
This is the case of what Lourdes Carlé has experienced in recent weeks, who was the best Argentine in the three W25 tournaments played in her country, where she accumulated five wins, reaching two quarter-finals. The rhythm of the game helped him reach the Billie Jean King Cup series against Kazakhstan in optimal condition, where he added victories against two Top 30 WTA players.
Born on February 10, 2000 in Daireaux, a town of 12 thousand inhabitants of the Province of Buenos Aires, began to play in Independent from his city and, from the age of 12, to travel to train with Marcelo Gómez (Juan Martín Del Potro’s first coach) in Tandil, a city that became a magnet for being a school for great tennis players, to the point of having four players in the ATP Top 100 simultaneously.
That girl who attracted attention with her two tails came to stand out worldwide by winning the Orange bowl Under 16 in 2015. Already as Under 18, he reached US Open semifinals in 2017 and getting into the Top 10, which earned him qualify for the Masters of the category in Chengdu, China. The following year she was an Olympian.
“It was a super positive stage,” he tells today to ESPNTenis.com. “At the Grand Slam tournaments you learn to play with pressure because you play with the girls that you are going to face as a professional in the future. It was a stage that I really enjoyed. And it gave me a high level because most of the ones I faced today are in the WTA rankings. And being at the Youth Olympic Games for me was one of the most beautiful experiences. I really enjoyed it and now I hope to play those tournaments as a senior ”.
In Buenos Aires 2018, he was on the brink of the medal in partnership with the Colombian Camila Osorio, after giving up in the semifinals against the duo that made up the Polish Iga Swiatek, the 2020 Roland Garros champion.
Elena Rybakina is another of those who faced and won in youth. And he did it again the last weekend in Córdoba. The Kazakh is already 23rd WTA while Lulu still out of the Top 400. Why? Partly because he decided to turn to the university world in the United States for a year, where he studied sports management and was champion representing Georgia.
“Being there that year allows me to have an open university scholarship for whenever I want. But the idea is to be professional. I’m not in a hurry. My idea is to keep playing, get in as much as I can and I’ll evaluate tomorrow. I took another path and now with what is happening to me, I really want to continue. I am in the ranking that touches me but if I keep on improving it ”.
Despite that experience and the scarcity of tournaments for those who are not in the Top 100, a situation accentuated in a pandemic, it has already added seven titles at the W15 level (the last 3 in 2020 on hard courts). This last clean and jerk in the W25 tournaments played in Argentina and her work in the Billie Jean King Cup confirm that her ranking (N ° 406 WTA) is a bit of a liar.
Now disengaged from the university, she continues to base herself in Miami, where her work team headed by Franco Davín. Yes, the man from Pehuajó (100 kilometers from Daireaux) who guided Gastón Gaudio to win Roland Garros or Del Potro himself to win the US Open. “Franco helped me a lot during this time,” says Lourdes. “He has so many qualities. He is very calm, he gives me confidence in my game. I incorporated many things, I feel very comfortable and happy to work with him. All the experience that he transmits to me helps me a lot. I hope I can learn next to him. For a matter of practicality, it is easier to be in the United States than in any part of South America ”.
Today, he tries to control anxiety despite having shown that he only needs continuity at the level exhibited to insert himself into the elite. “This year the objectives are to climb the maximum and have a ranking that allows me to play the quallies of the Grand Slam tournaments. After what I experienced I want to compete at that level with these types of players. But I am aware that I am missing a while. It is a process. But I am motivated to keep working. The ranking will be arriving, although with the pandemic it is complicated by the points that do not fall but if I manage to be regular I will be able to do it. That is the main objective ”.