Simone Tartarini with Lorenzo Musetti
Coach Simone Tartarini has made no secret of his disappointment at Lorenzo Musetti’s results away on clay in Latin America. After the great progress made in the second half of 2022, there was great anticipation to see the “new” Musetti back on the beloved red, in tournaments where he started among the favourites. Unfortunately, the response on the pitch really fell short of expectations: first won a game on his debut in Buenos Aires, then lost three to players within reach.
The manager released a brief statement to Corriere dello Sport analyzing what went wrong. According to him, the problem was his mentality: the unexpected loss to Varillas blocked him and put him on a negative track from which he could not turn.
“It’s important to put this away game behind us, which was negative in terms of results, but still offered some ideas. We arrived thinking to find other conditions: balls, fields, a country more similar to the European one. says Tartarini. “Instead, they turned out to be different in each tournament. In Buenos Aires, feeling fit, he won the first match against Pedro Cachin, despite not playing well, and then lost the second match. He blamed that loss and from then on it was harder for him to adjust and take on a very negative attitude.”
“Now there is Indian Wells and we hope to get up again soon. He needs to metabolize, understand, and shake off the negativity and pressure he helps create. He needs to calm down and start from there. His 20 years of age make him approach things with great enthusiasm, on the other hand he tends to get demoralized at the first difficulties. He’s young, he’s under pressure, he imposes others. These ups and downs also come from the way these things are handled, and for a 20-year-old boy it’s all more complicated. concludes Simone.