How to rekindle your motivation for something you love | Daria Gavrilova

Dasha Gavrilova

TEDxSydney 2020 · 6 November 2020

Daria Gavrilova (or Dasha, to her fans) is one of Australia’s most popular tennis stars. In this light hearted short talk, Dasha explains how she stays motivated to do her job, even when she is unable to play. With months away from competition due to injury, followed by more time off court during Victoria’s lockdown, Dasha says that for her, it’s all about finding the right balance between focus and having some fun. WTA tennis champion Daria “Dasha” Gavrilova is one of Australian tennis’ most popular stars. Electrifying fourth-round runs at The Australian Open in 2016 and 2017 thrust the Melbourne-based player into the spotlight, as did her title-winning at the Hopman Cup in 2016. Alongside Nick Kyrgios, the duo became the first Australian champions in 17 years. Since winning the WTA’s Newcomer of the Year award in 2015, Gavrilova made her top 20 debut in 2017 after winning her first WTA title and boasts wins over Grand Slam champions Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Gavrilova lists representing Australia in the 2016 Olympic Games as a career highlight, and has not missed a Fed Cup tie since making her debut in the same year. Gavrilova actively engages with her fans on social media, helping to build a devoted following on Instagram and TikTok.

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