Amanda Anisimova, the former world No. 21 tennis player, has announced that she is putting her career on hold for an indefinite period to treat burnout and focus on her mental health. Anisimova has not had any convincing results since the summer of 2022, when she lost to Simona Halep in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. She explained in an Instagram post, “I am really fighting against burn-out since the summer of 2022. It has become unbearable to play a tournament. At this point, my priority is my mental well-being and taking a break for a while. I’ve done everything I can to get through this.”
Anisimova had been an early tennis talent, winning the 2017 US Open junior championship and reaching the semifinals of the French Open in 2019 after defeating defending champion Simona Halep. However, that same year, she had to deal with the death of her father and coach Konstantin, which took a toll on her mental health. She said in 2020, “That was the worst thing that happened to me, and I don’t really talk about it. The only thing that helps me is playing tennis. That’s what makes me happy, and I know it would make him happy too. That’s just the way it is.”
Now, Anisimova is taking a break from the sport to prioritize her mental health. Anisimova’s announcement highlights the importance of taking care of mental health and well-being, even in the competitive world of professional sports. She hopes to return to the sport that she loves once she has fully recovered.
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