Rebecca Marino, Stepping Away from the Game

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*** 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.***

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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.

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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.

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