Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rebecca Marino Halts Tennis Career Again, Reveals She Has Depression

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rebecca Marino Halts Tennis Career Again, Reveals She Has Depression

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Marino walks away from tennis again


A loss of passion for professional tennis and a battle with depression prompted Canadian star Rebecca Marino to apply the brakes to her career for the second time in less than a year.

Marino revealed Wednesday she's receiving treatment for depression, but said her primary reason for stepping away from tennis again is she no longer wants to live the isolated, nomadic life of a pro.

The 22-year-old from Vancouver reached a world ranking of 38th two years ago. Marino did not say she's retiring, but has no immediate plans to return to the game.

"I have previously been to number 38 on the WTA singles rankings so I realize the amount of work and sacrifices that have to be put in," Marino told reporters during a conference call.

"At this point, I don't feel it is worth sacrificing my happiness for."

Marino went from No. 192 in the world to 2010 to No. 38 a year later.

She waged a memorable battle with Venus Williams before bowing out in the second round of the 2010 U.S. Open. Marino reached the final of a WTA tournament in Memphis the following season.

But the Canadian abruptly dropped out of tennis for seven months a year ago. She returned to competition in the fall and won a WTA Challenger event in October.

She lost in the first round of the Australian Open in January. Her world ranking has dropped to 418th.

Marino explained Wednesday that she's suffered depression for several years, but it wasn't until her break from the game a year ago that she sought treatment.

"I've had days where I haven't been able to get out of bed," she said.

"I have days where I can't even put my clothes on. It's hard to describe where you have this smothered feeling of grey and lack of motivation to do things.

"I'm doing much better, but I still have those days where I can't find the motivation to get up. That's why I have my friends and family and I have a therapist who supports me and they get me through everything."

Marino started travelling to play tennis at 13. She took her Grade 12 by correspondence.

At the age of 17, Marino spent half a year in Switzerland and at 19, she moved from Vancouver to Montreal to train at the National Tennis Centre. …

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