Cyber-bullies, gamblers force Vancouver's Rebecca Marino out of pro tennis
For the second straight year, Vancouver's Rebecca Marino is walking away from professional tennis.
This time, however, it appears it's for good. Through Tennis Canada, the 22-year-old released a statement this morning announcing that she was done with the sport claiming 'factors that are part of our society' led her to her decision.
Earlier this week in a piece in the New York Times, Marino spoke of the troubles she was having dealing with the spotlight that came with her rise to 38th in the WTA world rankings in July 2011. Especially troubling for her were the online attacks she says she received from gamblers following her losses.
Marino took a hiatus from the tennis tour at this time a year ago and attempted a return after a seven-month layoff. But now she says she's leaving the sport behind. Calling it part of her growth process, Marino says she plans to speak out on the issues that led her to early retirement.
Marino's career on-court highlights include a trip to the third round at the 2011 French Open and a memorable showdown with Venus Williams in the second round of the 2010 U.S. Open.