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Tennis star Caroline garcia opens up on heartbreaking battle with 'uncontrollable' health condition

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Tennis star Caroline garcia opens up on heartbreaking battle with 'uncontrollable' health condition

The World No.4 tennis star has opened up about her heartbreaking struggle with the ‘uncontrollable’ health condition which has left her ‘very lost and very sad’

  • Tennis star Caroline Garcia has revealed her past struggles with bulimia
  • World No.4 said eating disorder took over her life, she released food
  • Garcia now ‘enjoying herself when she feels like it’, is ready for the Australian Open

French tennis star Caroline Garcia has revealed her past battle with ‘uncontrollable’ bulimia ahead of the Australian Open.

The world number four has overcome the condition, but has previously used binge eating as a coping mechanism when losing matches.

Due to the eating disorder, Garcia is ’empty and very sad’ at times, and admits she has had ‘a lot of sleepless nights’ over the past two years.

A semi-finalist at last year’s US Open, Garcia told L’Equipe that he often finds refuge in food.

‘They are moments of crisis. You feel so empty, so sad, that you have to fill yourself up,’ she said.

French tennis star Caroline Garcia has revealed her battles with 'uncontrollable' health conditions ahead of the Australian Open

French tennis star Caroline Garcia has revealed her battles with ‘uncontrollable’ health conditions ahead of the Australian Open

The world number four has struggled with bulimia, with overeating often a coping mechanism when she loses matches she hopes to win.

The world number four has struggled with bulimia, with overeating often a coping mechanism when she loses matches she hopes to win.

‘It was the anxiety of not being able to do what I wanted to do on the court, not winning and suffering physically.’

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Food became Garcia’s escape, but after addressing the problem with family and friends, she learned that being kind to herself was her key to overcoming the condition.

Garcia, 29, impressed at the United Cup in Perth and will be one of the main chances in the women’s singles draw at Melbourne Park.

His previous best result at the Australian Open was reaching the fourth round in 2018.

Garcia, 29, impressed at the United Cup in Perth and wants to leave a mark at the Australian Open

Garcia, 29, impressed at the United Cup in Perth and wants to leave a mark at the Australian Open

The Lyon-born star is also a talented doubles player, and Garcia delighted the home crowd after winning the French Open last year with Kristina Mladenovic.

The local pair also lifted the women’s doubles trophy in 2016.

Monday, January 16 is when the action begins on the Melbourne court in the first Grand Slam of the year.