LONDON | Bianca Andreescu believes she is in the best physical shape of her life. For the first time in a long time, she isn’t bothered by an injury when she takes the field.
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He owes his excellent condition to his physical trainer Abdul Sillah. The latter is recognized for having worked with several famous players such as Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens.
Andreescu’s team contacted him last year for his services.
“I decided to accept his proposal because I like athletes who are neglected in their sport,” Sillah explained Wednesday. I often have a different view that athletes have of themselves.
“I like being able to take them to the highest levels. It is fun to see them take the steps to the promised land. “
Often on the sidelines
With Andreescu he knew very well what he was getting into.
“My main concern was why she was injured so often,” Sillah said. I also did a psychological evaluation to find out where she was. It allowed me to determine my approach and how I would communicate with her.
“At this level, you can’t teach them anything new. The biggest challenge is to motivate them to perform to the best of their abilities. If an athlete improves by 1%, she will mostly do it mentally. “
A proven will
Before returning to action last April, Andreescu completed an eight-week camp with Sillah. The American forced the Canadian to push beyond her limits.
“Abdul is hard on me, but in the right way,” said Andreescu. I cried three times after one session. It wasn’t pleasant, but it was very satisfying at the same time.
“It’s the kind of moment that makes you stronger. It is worth it. “
It has been tested multiple times, but it met Sillah’s requirements well. In particular, she trained early in the morning.
“My job is to force her to ask questions about her career,” the manager said. If that’s what you want, here’s what it takes. If not, this career is not for you.
“When he makes the decision to commit, everything becomes easier. It is a question of discipline. If you don’t have it, you can’t achieve anything.
“You are not doing it for me, but to achieve your goals. It’s a contract you signed with yourself several years ago. “
The physique of the champion of the US Open 2019 is transformed. It is visible to the naked eye.
“Every athlete is a performance machine. You need to know which weight class it belongs to to be at the top of its game. I don’t believe in weight loss. Rather, you had to refine your body and focus on the fat level. “
Andreescu also changed his eating habits. Specifically, he dropped sodium-rich foods.
Thanks to Williams
Sillah built her fame thanks to her first client: Serena Williams.
“I started working with her at Stanford University,” he said. Then there was a snowball effect. She was my first tennis player.
“I learned a lot from contact with his father Richard who became my mentor. Many things I teach today come from him.
“He taught me to teach by being positive no matter what. “
Sillah managed to take Williams and Naomi Osaka to the top. Will he be able to do the same tour de force with Andreescu?
It is in the hands of the player.
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