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Anisimova Will Take a Mental Health Break, as Tennis Has Become "Unbearable" for Her

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday May 5, 2023

Former World No.21 Amanda Anisimova has elected to step away from tennis in order to focus on her mental health.

Tennis Express

The 21-year-old, who reached the semifinals at Roland-Garros as a 17-year-old in 2019, said that the sport has become “unbearable” for her of late.

“I thought I’d make a post explaining what’s been going on and my plans,” she posted on Instagram. “I’ve really been struggling with my mental health and burnout since the summer of 2022. It’s become unbearable being at tennis tournaments. At this point my priority is my mental well-being and taking a break for some time. I’ve worked as hard as I could to push through it. I will miss being out there, and I appreciate all the continuous support.”

Anisimova hasn’t had the easiest coming of age on the WTA Tour. Months after her breakout performance at Roland-Garros in 2019, her father and coach Konstantin passed away from a sudden heart attack just prior to the US Open. He was 52.

The American, a former junior Slam champion and junior World No.2, owns 2 WTA titles.