February 20, 2013
Canadian Rebecca Marino quits tennis due to depression
By QMI Agency
A year after briefly taking a break from tennis, top Canadian pro Rebecca Marino is abandoning the sport, probably for good, due to depression.
Marino made the announcement Wednesday with a statement released through Tennis Canada then explained her decision on a conference call with reporters later in the day.
Marino, the one-time 38th-ranked player in the world, has dropped to 418 in the ATP. Part of that was due to a seven-month hiatus she took from tennis last year, when depression first forced her out of action.
“I have been suffering from a form of depression for many years,” the 22-year-old Vancouver native said. “It got to the point last February where I couldn’t go on. I opened up to my family, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s important for you to talk with somebody and tell them what you’re going through.
“Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. I’m hoping, by opening up about this, I can encourage someone to get the help they deserve.”
Marino said she came to the conclusion that pro tennis is “not the life for me” and is looking to get back to a more normal lifestyle.
“I want to go to school, get a job,” Marino said. “I’m using the terminology ‘stepping back’ from tennis rather than saying ‘retiring.’ Who knows at one point where I’ll come back to tennis? I’m looking at other endeavours.
“But I’m careful not to use the word ‘retirement.’ Tennis will still be a big part of my life. But I feel there is something more in life for me.”
Marino leaves tennis with a career record of 150-107, no WTA titles and five ITF titles.