In recent months, tennis star Naomi Osaka has made headlines for sharing candidly about her mental health battles. Someone who can relate to what she's going through, is retired tennis star, Mardy Fish.
Mardy is sharing his very personal story in a brand new episode, of the Netflix docu-series: Untold. His episode is titled: Breaking Point and it debuts September 7th.
Happy to announce my partnership with @netflix and my Doc coming out. Please take your mental health seriously!… https://t.co/yxEcsKl4ww— Mardy Fish (@Mardy Fish)1627401609.0
In an interview with Celebrity Page TV, Mardy told us why it was important for him to share his story:
I was diagnosed with Severe Anxiety Disorder. I felt like I was uneducated, when I was going through it. And felt like there's gotta be more people like me. And if I can help somebody, great.
As for Naomi Osaka, Mardy has reached out to the Grand Slam champion. The two have even practiced together. Mardy shared with us:
"For her to pull out of the French Open just because, people think just because she doesn't want to deal with the media is super naive. And that's disappointing, but those people don't understand. They've never been educated on, they've never educated themselves on mental health"
UNTOLD: Breaking Point
Premieres September 7, 2021
Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way
The story of Mardy Fish's foray into tennis chronicles his training at the famed Saddlebrook Academy as a teen, his brotherhood and constant competition with comrade Andy Roddick, and his inability to find major success like his predecessors, the American tennis icons of the 80s and 90s: John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi. In 2010, Fish got himself into the best shape of his life and emerged on the ATP tour as a force to be reckoned with, scaling the heights of the World Tour Finals in 2011 as the top seeded American player. Soon after, his anxiety began to swell and Fish tried to push through the mental strain at the 2012 US Open quarterfinals against Roger Federer. But an encroaching sense of dread and anguish was worsening by the day and everything came to a crashing halt. Fish bowed out of the match and was later diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder. As the number one ranked American male tennis player, he shockingly quit tennis and over the course of the next few years he largely disappeared from the public, staying in his house for months at a time. After seeking professional help, he worked through his trauma and went public with his struggles to help destigmatize anxiety and provide other athletes a model to follow when dealing with their own mental health issues. Fish has since become the US Davis Cup coach and describes his anxiety as, "A daily battle, but I win every day."