Rebecca Marino, Stepping Away from the Game

Pierre Lamarche: It was with great sadness that I heard of Rebecca’s withdrawal from competitive tennis. Rebecca has been a great asset to Canadian tennis and always was a sensitive individual respected by her peers. The courage she has shown in speaking publicly about her depression warrants that we all respect and understand her difficult decision. Depression is one of the most debilitating conditions one can find themselves in, I know from experience. Rebecca, thank you and good luck on your road to recovery.

Photo: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images

__________

*** Six feet tall, 21 years old, Rebecca Marino plays her height. The hard hitting, hard serving Vancouver resident shot up the WTA rankings the way Milos Raonic went up the ATP ladder. Then, after reaching a career high WTA #38 she took a seven month break from the Tour. We caught up with her at the Tevlin and talked about her hiatus from the game. To see that interview click here.***

__________

Pierre Lamarche: It was with great sadness that I heard of Rebecca’s withdrawal from competitive tennis. Rebecca has been a great asset to Canadian tennis and always was a sensitive individual respected by her peers. The courage she has shown in speaking publicly about her depression warrants that we all respect and understand her difficult decision. Depression is one of the most debilitating conditions one can find themselves in, I know from experience. Rebecca, thank you and good luck on your road to recovery.

________________________________________

From CTVNews.ca – Canadian tennis star ‘stepping back’ from sport in battle with depression

Canadian tennis star Rebecca Marino announced Wednesday that she has struggled with depression for years and will be “stepping back” from the sport to pursue other goals.

“This was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. But it’s also the best thing I’ve ever done,” Marino, 22, said of her decision last year to tell family and friends about her struggles.

She took a break from the game and sought professional help, but eventually realized that she was burned out and no longer passionate about tennis.

“At this point I don’t think it’s worth sacrificing my happiness for,” Marino told reporters in a teleconference call Wednesday afternoon.

She said she’s “stepping back,” not retiring because she doesn’t know what the future holds. She’s now planning to go to school and look for a job.

A New York Times article published over the weekend focused on the vitriol directed at Marino online, with critics attacking her on Twitter and Facebook.

But Marino said Wednesday that cyberbullying was not the main reason behind her decision to leave tennis, although she admitted to being “very sensitive” to hurtful comments she read online.

To read more: see the full article at CTVNews.ca.

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.
 

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

WEBINARS
VIDEOS
ARCHIVED NEWS
Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.

Tennis Guru, Louis Borfiga Shares What Makes “A Good Coach?”

Many are asking this question, each with their own opinion, their own truth. In reality, it is difficult to answer with certainty, as the evaluation method can vary from one person to another. However, when you think about it, when you look at the references in the field of coaching in various sports, there are certain common and fundamental elements that I will describe to you here…