“Several times I was invaded by doubts.”

It’s a line towards the beginning of a detailed letter Caroline Garcia penned and posted on her social media Friday. It’s an admission most of us can relate to, and one any person struggling can draw inspiration from by looking at how the Frenchwoman responded.

Garcia’s personal battle was instigated by a right foot injury, one that brought on among other things, sleepless nights, cursing and binge eating. But it also helped her reset in a significant way—to follow her intuition.

“My foot injury made me realize how much I wanted to come back to the courts and above all play my real game, the one I like to watch offensive tennis,” Garcia wrote. “I love going to the net, hitting winners drop volleys, slamming aces to be inside the courts on the return.

“This injury allowed me to play more liberated. I learned to let go.”


That freedom saw Garcia turn a 6-8 season start (following an opening defeat in Miami) and ranking of No. 79 entering Roland Garros on its head. What followed was a remarkable display of resolve that began by winning her second French Open doubles title alongside Kristina Mladenovic.

A rise of 75 places in the rankings was the reward of capturing four titles across four unique surfaces (grass, clay, outdoor hard and indoor hard) and a maiden major singles semifinal appearance at the US Open. Her biggest triumph to date, a WTA Finals title run that occurred just after she and coach Bertrand Perret went their separate ways, concluded an emotional year.

“By building day by day, by staying positive, by having confidence, with simple goals in mind: to be healthy, to do my best day by day, to live in the present moment, to play my game to the fullest, I ended up [living] my best season of my career!” Garcia exclaimed.

Through the highs and the lows, Garcia rightfully earned a nomination for WTA Player of the Year, and is now set to enjoy a vacation away from the courts. Allez, Caro!