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26-Year-Old Swiss Tennis Beauty Relishes Experimental Time With a New Sport as She Reveals Harsh Truths About Gliding on Ice

Published 06/07/2023, 3:37 AM EDT

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Following her first-round defeat at the ongoing French Open, Swiss WTA star Belinda Bencic seems to be enjoying her time off the court. The 26-year-old compatriot of Swiss legend Roger Federer only recently came back from injury and made her way back into the big stage at Roland Garros. She was forced to withdraw from the Madrid Open and Italian Open during the lead-up to Roland Garros due to a hip injury that caused her problems earlier in the season as well.

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Although she fell short in the first round of the French Open, she departed on a positive note as she aims to slowly get back to her best. Now, she looks to make the most of her recovery time, as she was seen trying her hand at a new sport.

Belinda Bencic’s tryst with ice hockey


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The Tokyo Olympics gold medalist is making the most of her time in what seems to be her recovery phase. In a bid to rejuvenate herself just after returning to the court after a hip injury, she tried her hand at a completely new sport – ice hockey. In a recent Instagram story, Bencic shared a video of her gliding on ice all decked up with proper ice hockey gear. “It also felt a lot faster than it really looks on video😅🐌”, she captioned the video. She seemed to be relishing every moment of her experience of gliding on the ice.

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This might serve as the perfect break she needs to finally get back to her original best on the tennis court. With injury spoiling most of her clay-court season, she will definitely hope to find her rhythm back heading into the grass-court season ahead of Wimbledon. An experience as refreshing as trying out a new sport will certainly help the Swiss.


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Bencic teamed up with mentor Roger Federer to create history in 2019

Belinda Bencic and her longtime mentor Roger Federer created history at the Hopman Cup in 2019. They became the first pair in the history of the event to defend their title. Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic guided Switzerland to a 2-1 victory over Germany, securing the 4th Hopman Cup title for Switzerland. After Federer eased past Alexander Zverev, Angelique Kerber got the better of Belinda Bencic to level the tie for Germany. But the Swiss duo won the mixed doubles decider in thrilling fashion to clinch back-to-back titles for Switzerland.

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Bencic has credited the Swiss maestro for advising her and helping her overcome injuries several times in the past. With the great Roger Federer as her guide and mentor, it is only a matter of time before Belinda Bencic gets back to winning ways.


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Prithviraj Roy


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Prithviraj Roy is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. With an academic background in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), he has more than 2 years of experience as a Content Writer. Prithviraj has been a die-hard fan of the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal since his childhood years.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai