Amanda Anisimova has announced that she will take a break from tennis for mental health reasons, and many top female players have expressed their support for her.
The 21-year-old tennis player became one of the biggest talents on the WTA tour at a young age, but her recent results have kept her from achieving and maintaining her best ranking, which was world No. 21 in 2019.
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Anisimova wrote on social media to announce that she would be taking a break for a while: "I've really been struggling with my mental health and burnout since the summer of 2022. It's become unbearable being at tennis tournaments."
Several of the world's top female tennis players, including Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff, Madison Keys, and Martina Trevisan, left comments in support of Anisimova. Her compatriots Asia Muhammad and Desirae Krawczyk, as well as the Australians Priscilla Hon and Arina Rodionova, Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse, Haarriet Dart and former tennis player Monica Puig, also commented on her post.
Anisimova joins other players who have spoken openly about mental health, such as Naomi Osaka, who took a break after the 2022 French Open for the same reason.