Rebecca Marino’s decision to walk away from professional tennis has been greeted with wide spread praise. As it should be. The 22-year-old Vancouver native was on pace to become Canada’s next star, joining Milos Raonic in creating an unprecedented Canadian youth movement. Sitting down with the New York Times’s Ben Rothenberg for an interview earlier this week, Marino explained how her sudden rise to fame – she rose form number 192 to 38 in one year – came with its pitfalls, namely, exposure to the internet jackals who live to troll.
Things were being written about me, and I’m quite sensitive about that. And I’m quite nosy, so I’ll look it up. And then I’ll realize I shouldn’t have looked it up.
More importantly, Marino had been dealing with depression for six years. She took a break from the game, returning in September of last year after feeling restless away from the court. Her comeback lasted only a few months. Read the rest of this entry »