"I love competing, suddenly I had to stop completely and stay on the couch" - Paula Badosa on 'boring' period during prolonged injury layoff

Paula Badosa described the “boring” phase as “having to completely stop competing and stay on the couch after a prolonged injury layoff.”

Last Updated: 8 January 2024By

Paula Badosa talked candidly about her experience during her lengthy injury layoff from last season, which included a “boring” stretch of time, ahead of her comeback at the 2024 Adelaide International.

Unfortunately, Badosa’s 2023 season was ruined by a number of injuries. She suffered a stress fracture in her spine in addition to thigh and abductor injuries. She played in Wimbledon for the final time this season. The Spaniard’s poor recuperation prevented him from making the kind of comeback he was hoping for at the Canadian Open. She therefore ended the season following Wimbledon and focused on healing in the hopes of having a successful 2024 campaign.

The former World No. 2 said that her recuperation has been a “slow process” and that she found it “boring” to abruptly stop playing tennis, which is her favorite sport.

“It was a very slow process. Accepting all this has been very hard, especially mentally, because as I always say, I love playing tennis and I love competing. Suddenly, one day I had to stop completely and I had to stay on the couch, so imagine how boring that was,” Paula Badosa said via Marca (translated from Spanish).”

A look into Paula Badosa’s 2023 season

I love competing, suddenly I had to stop completely and stay on the couch"  - Paula Badosa on 'boring' period during prolonged injury layoff


Paula Badosa had several injuries throughout her 2023 season, which made it short. She participated in 10 different competitions all year long, and the Wimbledon Championships was the only Grand Slam event she ever attended.

Badosa made her Adelaide International 2 debut to start her 2023 campaign. She was playing well in the event and made it to the semifinals, where she was scheduled to play Daria Kasatkina. Unfortunately, a thigh ailment led the Spaniard to retire from the match, giving fifth-seeded Kasatkina a walkover into the championship match.

The 26-year-old then had an abductor injury that kept him out of the Australian Open, the opening Grand Slam of the year, and the Abu Dhabi Open. She recovered in the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open, although she was unable to go past the opening round. Subsequently, Badosa participated in the Miami Open and Indian Wells Masters, but was unable to go past the second round.Paula Badosa’s career took a turn for the better when she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, Stuttgart Open, and Charleston Open.

However, during the final eight matches of the Italian Open, the former World No. 2 suffered a stress fracture in her spine. She was forced to miss the French Open and the rest of the clay court season due to her injury.Badosa returned to the circuit for the Wimbledon Championships. At the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, she defeated American Allison Riske-Amritraj 6-3, 6-3 to get to the second round. But a lower back issue prompted her to leave her second-round match against Marta Kostyuk when she was down 2-6, 0-1.

The Spaniard intended to play in mixed doubles at Wimbledon with her partner, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in addition to her singles bouts. But she was forced to withdraw from that tournament as well because of her injuries.

At first, Paula Badosa intended to compete in the US Open as well as the Canadian Open. Nevertheless, the reappearance of her injury forced her to withdraw from these competitions.