At the 2020 US Open, Victoria Azarenka made a triumphant return to the Grand Slam final stage, showing that her run to the Western & Southern Open two weeks earlier was hardly a flash in the pan. The Belarusian’s inspiring runner-up finish came seven years after her last major title match appearance, also at Flushing Meadows.
While the work she was doing on court shined through in Queens, Azarenka revealed during one virtual press conference that she had an off-court project in the works.
“You all are always interviewing me. And I’ve switched the role in interviewing people,” the Belarusian teased.
On Monday, Azarenka released her trailer for “Think About It”, a podcast series featuring six episodes with accomplished experts stemming from a range of fields. The venture is set to be released in collaboration with Tennis Channel and WTA come Wednesday.
Trevor Moawad is one of the guests highlighted in Azarenka's promo. Declared the “Sports World’s Best Brain Trainer” by Sports Illustrated, Moawad has acted as Russell Wilson’s mental coach and worked alongside the likes of Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher in contributing to the success of several college football championship teams.
Moawad's influence rubbed off Azarenka, who after defeating Serena Williams in last year’s US Open semifinals, told media.
“I had this very interesting discussion with one of the people… about neutral mentality. That was kind of an interesting point,” she said. “When shit happens to you, you're like, ‘Oh, let's be positive, let's be positive.’ it's sometimes impossible to be positive. So being neutral, just not going into negativity is very useful. It's very simple.
“It's very hard to do because it's constant work, but it's very, very useful. I feel like I started there. Then I started to shift into a better energy.”
All six Think About It episodes will be available on Tennis.com/podcasts.