Vasek Pospisil |  From tennis player to businessman

Vasek Pospisil | From tennis player to businessman

It has been a long time since we have seen Vasek Pospisil healthy. He will return to the National Bank Open in Montreal and, on the road to recovery, the Canadian has decided to enter the business world.

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Nicholas Richard

Nicholas Richard
Press

OBN organizers announced Thursday that Pospisil was among the group of four players who would not participate in the main draw. It will be for him a 14me participation in the tournament. “It happened so fast,” she exclaimed in an interview with Press.

At 32, the athlete from British Columbia is ranked 141me world rank and vacillates between the ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments.

The path has not been easy for someone who was initially perceived as one of the most beautiful hopes of Canadian tennis. In 2011, he had put up a good fight against Roger Federer, on the center court of the IGA stadium. In 2013 he enjoyed an entire week reaching the Omnium semi-final before losing to compatriot Milos Raonic. Then, in 2014, he won the Wimbledon doubles tournament with American Jack Sock.

However, injuries slowed Pospisil down. A back injury plagued him for many years. “My back injury was a difficult period in my career. However, he came back strong in 2020 and the ATP even awarded him the Comeback of the Year title.

Most recently, it was a neck injury that put him out for four months, three of which were unable to hit balls. A few days before playing the Canadian tournament, he assures that he is 100%. However, the result does not matter. The main thing is to stay healthy.

I’m just trying to get back to the level where I know I can play. The important thing will be to take advantage of the moment here, in Montreal, to be able to play my favorite tournament.

Vasek Pospisil, in impeccable French


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Vasek Pospisil in 2019

Currently, the Canadian’s greatest wish would be to be able to play a full year without problems, away from the infirmary. He hopes the results will ultimately reflect all the work he’s put in to prepare for this comeback. “The most important thing is to stay focused on the process, practice and improve. I am hopeful that the results will come. »

the other hobby

During his recovery, Pospisil was introduced to the benefits of functional mushrooms by a nutrition doctor. Completely oblivious to the powers of this plant, the tennis player was conquered. He noticed a noticeable difference in his rehabilitation and wanted this personal discovery to be known to as many people as possible. That’s why he launched the Hekate Sport hydrating sports drink, made with mushrooms and all-natural products.

“I had never heard of this before,” he said. It is a challenge. I always feel like I have to create something different. At the moment, my passion is mushrooms. »

Then, because Pospisil refuses to do things by halves, it convinced swimmer Penny Oleksiak, the most decorated Olympian in Canadian history, to join the project as an associate. “It is incredible to have her as an ambassador. When I told him about her, he joined her, in the way of training and taking care of her. »

Pospisil always wanted to be more than a tennis player. Not by choice, but simply because he likes to have his work cut out and be involved in various projects. That is why he created the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), in 2019, with Novak Djokovic, to allow ATP players to be better represented.

I don’t do it because I necessarily need to, but because I enjoy doing it.

Vasek Pospisil

Pleasure, you have. “I could talk mushrooms for hours,” she joked.

So, all is well for Vasek Pospisil, who is in demand from all sides and is returning to a semblance of normality. He can’t wait to meet the Quebec fans, because he feels appreciated and has never taken this love for granted.

This will be a great opportunity for him to relaunch his career. “I think I can still have good years. I still feel young, but the end may come sooner than you think in the world of tennis. At least she won’t be bored during his later career, which he hopes will come as late as possible.


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