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What is heard in Guillermo Pérez Roldán Confidential impress. Guillermo Perez Roldanformer elite tennis player, who climbed to 13th place in the ATP ranking in 1988, suffered physical and psychological abuse by his coach, who was none other than his own father, Raúl Pérez Roldán.

The details of the mistreatment come from the mouth of Guillermo, whom his father overexerted in training, with rigidity, discipline and sacrifices, but he whipped him in private, either with fists, with belts or with other elements.

Revelation.  Guillermo Pérez Roldán tried to kill himself with a firearm and then by driving a car.  Photos Star+

Revelation. Guillermo Pérez Roldán tried to kill himself with a firearm and then by driving a car. Photos Star+

Guillermo did not understand the reasons, since many times the unforgivable and bloody parental reaction came after some sports defeat. But not always.

Two-time consecutive winner at Roland Garros Junior, attempted suicide twice. Today Guillermo is 52 years old and lives in Chile.

Rubén Pérez Roldán, the father.  He was also interviewed for this documentary production, which lasted less than two hours.

Rubén Pérez Roldán, the father. He was also interviewed for this documentary production, which lasted less than two hours.

The documentary is based on interviews with Pérez Roldán, and separately with his father Raúl, and they have chosen a phrase from the latter as the closing. Undeterred, the father says: “As a coach, I was good. The rest…”.

Mariano Zabaleta, Franco Davín, Juan Mónaco also offer their testimonies, that is, several tennis players who went through the Pérez Roldán school in Tandil, which used to have between 70 and 80 students, plus Gabriela Sabati and Javier Frana, among others, and also journalists who followed Pérez Roldán’s career, such as Gonzalo Bonadeo and Guillermo Salatino.

Mariano Zabaleta, who was a student at the Pérez Roldán School in Tandil, defines the father as follows: "Psychopath".

Mariano Zabaleta, who was a student at the Pérez Roldán School in Tandil, defines the father as follows: “Psychopath”.

Faced with the question of how it could be possible that such abuses did not come to light before, there are those who argue that times were different and that certain things were tolerated that, clearly, are and were inadmissible.

“Psychopath” is defined by Mariano Zabaleta as Guillermo’s father.

Graciela Pérez, former tennis player from Tandil and another victim of Raúl Pérez Roldán.  Photo Courtesy El Echo de Tandil.

Graciela Pérez, former tennis player from Tandil and another victim of Raúl Pérez Roldán. Photo Courtesy El Echo de Tandil.

There is also the testimony of former tennis player Graciela Pérez who, due to the blows to her face inflicted by Raúl Pérez Roldán, lied to her family and invented a trip… until the marks on her face disappeared.

your suicide attempts

And the moment arrives when the former tennis player recounts his two attempts to take his own life. After remembering “my grandfather, the only person in my family that I feel loved me,” and telling him that she confessed to him, she gets emotional and remembers when she asked him for a gun and tried to commit suicide by loading it with two projectiles. He fired two shots and no bullets came out.

Guillermo Pérez Roldán denounced his father for the first time in 2020.

Guillermo Pérez Roldán denounced his father for the first time in 2020.

The second time would be in one of his cars, driving around a curve at high speed.

The documentary is divided into three episodes: The end justifies the means, the silent partners Y Dear Dadwhich are short, last 35, 32 and 36 minutes, respectively, and some animations are also used to graph certain moments from the past.

Guillermo Salatino, one of the journalists, like Gonzalo Bonadeo, who followed the former tennis player's career and gives his opinion.

Guillermo Salatino, one of the journalists, like Gonzalo Bonadeo, who followed the former tennis player’s career and gives his opinion.

Production presents problems that do not seem difficult to solve. One, the lack of subtitles when he speaks, for example, Ivan Lendl. And another is that at times the volume of the incidental music is so loud that it makes it difficult to understand the testimonies.

A believer, Pérez Roldán has “two beautiful daughters” and a two-and-a-half-month-old son. “Here is the mission, try to do something for others,” says at another time who, for defending his father in a fight, had to finish his career at an age in which no tennis player does. It is that the ligaments of his wrist suffered injuries and he could not recover.

Without money, because according to what he says his parents emptied the accounts in the bank, the moment in which he asks his father as a wedding gift to write him and sing a song at the party, is another of the highest instances of this production , strong for what it counts, but that exposes situations that occurred and continue to occur in various sports disciplines.

“Guillermo Pérez Roldán Confidential”

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Documentary film. Argentina, 2022. Three episodes, total duration 103′. SAM 13. Of: Matias Gey. Available in: Star+.

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