Diego Schwartzman has revealed massive frustration with his current tennis after a racquet smash as he lost to Richard Gasquet in the Lyon second round.
The Argentine pocket rocket with four career clay titles, has only his victory in Cordoba to look back on this season.
And the frustration is weighing on the ATP No. 10.
“It’s been like three years since I’ve broken a racket. I had said I was not going to break any more, but I needed it,” he said after his 6-3, 7-5 defeat by the Frenchman. “I had a lot of fury inside.
“The expectations I had for this (spring clay) tour have not come true, on the contrary, they have been very bad. I’m playing badly and playing like this, it’s very difficult to win.”
Schwartzman, a 2020 Roland Garros semi-finalist last October, is feeling the effects of quarantine life on the Tour, with limited crowds and isolation between hotel room and courts.
And there will be more of the same when Roland Garros begins a week from Sunday.
“This is a very bad streak, but I hope to leave it behind. There have been many months traveling, without being able to have that freedom that we all long for.
“There is little to complain about , but always and when I feel a little better when it comes to getting to the games. I will try to show more at Roland Garros.”