Martita Ortega, between paddle tennis and Medicine: "You see serious things and value what is important"

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In 2019, Martha Ortega (Madrid, 1997), Martita for the entire world circuit, it became the Youngest number one in the history of padel. He won nine tournaments in just a few months and hit the ceiling of his sport. He had only 22 years. Success on the slopes could have blinded him, even more so in a World Padel Tour which was constantly evolving towards more succulent income, but Ortega, pushed by her family, managed to maintain a double sporting and academic career that over time has made her a The doctor of the world padel. He was number 1, he finished in parallel the university degree in medicine and four years later it is number 6 in the world. Still in the elite. From there he serves THE WORLDconvinced that academic responsibility has been key to her success.

“Many times, paddle tennis saved my career in Medicine and Medicine saved my sports career“, he admits the talk. “When I went to a tournament and things went wrong, the next day I had to click and start studying. And if I finished some exams and had half a day free, I would focus on training until I knew the grade I had gotten so as not to get stressed,” he summarizes, and confesses that everything is a matter of “priorities.” “I knew that maybe on a Friday In the afternoon or evening there was a birthday that I really wanted, but on Saturday morning I had a game or training. I couldn’t enjoy thatbut I knew that if on Sunday or whenever the selection list came out and I was on it, I was going to be happier than my teammates had been on Friday.”

In a recent report in this newspaper, directors of several Spanish football clubs highlighted the importance that the study was acquiring for the players in their quarry. It is no longer that passing or aspiring to higher education can help them in their lives, but rather that The debutants of the First and Second Division were, for the most part, notable students. That detail Ortega, athlete Adidasknows it better than anyone: “It makes a lot of difference. An athlete who is disorderly may have very good moments in a season or in a tournament, but in the long term he may be much more irregular, while perhaps those of us who are not so talented, I do not consider myself a talented person but hard worker, we can have a slightly more regular career, without big moments, but more regular,” he details.

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