In this week’s episode of One On One with Chris Evert, three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport opened up to fellow former world No. 1 Evert about how insecurities as a junior player shaped her on-court mentality.
“People come into their own at different ages,” said Davenport. “And for me, I was much better at tennis than I thought I was, thought I could be. And things just kept happening in the juniors, but emotionally I was not ready for that. Certainly confidence-wise, nowhere near it.”
Davenport spoke of how she was in awe of her peers—particularly Jennifer Capriati, who immediately excelled on the pro tour at 13 years old.
“It took me until my mid-20s before I really felt comfortable in everything that I was doing and my career. I won a major at 22, and that scared the lights out of me for the next few years. I did well, but I wasn’t comfortable necessarily with everything that went with it until I got older.