Carla Suárez has moved to Paris this Tuesday to participate in the imminent edition of Roland Garros, whose main draw starts this Sunday, May 30. The Canary Islands faces a very special moment in her sports career, returning to professional competition after 17 months away from the slopes.
“It makes me tremendously excited to be able to participate in Roland Garros”, recognizes Carla. “I have been working in recent months to give myself the opportunity to compete one last time on the clay of Paris. I am looking forward to getting on the pitch and feeling again how special this tournament has always been for me, ”declared Carla.
The Spanish woman wants to put the final touch on her sports career in 2021 by leaving her last mark on the tracks. After overcoming Hodgkin lymphoma, With a treatment extended for six months, Carla has worked in parallel with the goal of returning to the courts. An illusion that he has had since on February 25, 2020, he played his last match on the circuit in Doha.
“Tennis has given me many things and I have always wanted to say goodbye on a court. Being able to choose the last shot, having the ability to set myself a date is something I wanted from my heart. This was the illusion that has moved me to train hard in recent times ”.
Carla has a brilliant record on Roland Garros clay throughout her career. Since his debut in the 2008 season, where he reached the quarterfinals Coming from the previous phase, the Canary Islands have played a total of 11 editions in the tournament. With two appearances in the quarterfinals (2008, 2014) and up Five visits to the second week of the tournament, the Spanish has become one of the most appreciated figures on the slopes of the Bosque de Bolonia.
“Roland Garros is a tournament that has given me some of the best moments of my career. My first big result came on these tracksI have very good memories after all these years and it is a joy to be able to come for the last time to compete in Paris. They are going to be some very nice days and I hope I can enjoy them to the fullest ”.
For the dispute of the Parisian Grand Slam Carla will be accompanied by Lourdes Domínguez, who has guided the Canary Islands’ track preparation in recent months.
The draw for the main draw will take place this Thursday, May 27, at which time Carla will know her fate at the Parisian Grand Slam. The tournament will be televised in Spain through the Eurosport channel.
With an eye on Tokyo
In addition to Roland Garros, Carla Suárez has another great challenge for this season: to be able to be at the Tokyo Olympics before hanging up the racket to represent Spain once again.
In fact Carla Suárez is one of the athletes who have already received the first dose of the vaccine as part of the Olympic team within the vaccination plan that has been launched so that athletes who come to Tokyo do so with maximum security and the minimum possible risk from the coronavirus.