- American tennis star Jessica Pegula has lifted the lid on how she copes on the WTA Tour
- The tight and monotonous schedule can be draining
- Pegula visits a lot of tourist sites in each country
American tennis star Jessica Pegula has lifted the lid on how she copes on the WTA Tour given its tight and monotonous schedule.
She says that with all its struggles, she had to come up with a way to handle the stress that comes with the tour.
Pegula visits a lot of tourist sites in each country she is playing at as a coping mechanism.
“To help overcome those feelings, I try to do wander around the cities and see some of the tourist sights. I had spare time in Rome so I did a lot of things with my sister, who came over for the first time,” her BBC column read.
She enjoys travelling to different cities and shopping. The American tennis player has visited the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and all the other important sites in Rome courtesy of WTA-sanctioned tennis events.
Pegula loves visiting all the gourmet locations, and she does a lot of walking around the city and trying food in different restaurants.
Just before the French Open, she took a break and travelled to Milan and the train ride from Rome to the historic Milan was a good experience.
She cites that the US has only a few trains which do not provide the same level of fascination as the Italian ones. The daughter of an American billionaire shopped at Duomo and scouted the area for coffee shops and restaurants.
Coffee spots are many in Italy and inviting bakeries line up in the French capital of Paris. This purposeful wandering helps her mind stay alert and focused even with the difficulties of the WTA Tour.
While she has excellent mechanisms for coping with Tour challenges, Grand Slam tournaments prove to be a real challenge nevertheless.
She prepares mentally a month before so as to know how she will adjust to a different environment while keeping her mental health uptight.
“I have to configure myself differently and work out how I’m going to stay fresh for a month before a Grand Slam. It is about learning how to adjust into a different structure.
“I think it’s a little tiring. Grand Slams are a lot, mentally and physically, and to prepare with two back-to-back, fortnight-long tournaments is hard. It is mentally draining. It gets like Groundhog Day after a while,” she adds.
Meanwhile, Pegula billionaire status always causes a stir for many people who struggle to understand how the 28-year-old built such an empire.
She is undoubtedly rich because she is the attractive daughter of Terry Pegula, the 434th richest person in the world. Terry amassed a $4 billion fortune through the production of natural gas.
The self-made businessman owns a number of sports clubs, including the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, which he acquired in 2014 by outbidding Bon Jovi and Donald Trump. Surprisingly, she is wealthier than Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Roger Federer.