“Didn’t Feel Like I Belonged to the Tour”: Alize Cornet Details Her Rough Road in the Recent Past

Published 09/20/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Sep 7, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Alize Cornet of France serves against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria (not pictured) on day eight of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


French tennis player Alize Cornet has been on the Tour for more than a decade. She is a veteran and is very well known on Tour. In her career so far, she has won six singles titles and four titles in the doubles category.

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Recently, Alize Cornet penned down her autobiography. In it, she states that she felt isolated in the beginning and felt as if she was in a new world all by herself. Although the players on Tour keep seeing each other on a regular basis, the feeling of unfamiliarity still existed.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Alize Cornet of France celebrates after winning her Ladies’ Singles third round match against Serena Williams of the United States on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old stated, “I didn’t feel like I belonged to the tour in the beginning, like this world was very solitary and alone. In some ways, it’s like a big family and in other ways, it isn’t, because we all know each other but we don’t really know each other at all. We don’t have deep connections and it’s all surface relationships. In the beginning, I was afraid of this side of the tour, and I stayed so much with my coach and my mom.”

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Alize Cornet had a lackluster 2021 season

Reflecting on her season so far, Alize began competing in Melbourne and ended up losing in the second round of the Australian Open. After that, on her home turf, she crashed out in the opening round of the French Open.

MONTREAL, QC – AUGUST 08: Alize Cornet (FRA) shows dissatisfaction after missing a point during her second round match at WTA Coupe Rogers on August 8, 2018 at IGA Stadium in Montréal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Later on, she was seen on the grass courts of the All England Club. Sadly, she suffered an early exit by losing in the second round of the competition. She was most recently seen in New York at the US Open. However, her journey was cut short as she exited after a first-round loss.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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