After Naomi Osaka, Mardy Fish to Feature in Netflix Documentary to Reveal Mental Health Struggles

Published 07/28/2021, 3:55 AM EDT


Netflix has announced the release of their new docuseries ‘Untold’, premiering on the 10th of August. The five-part docuseries involves the story of Mardy Fish and how he overcame his mental health issues. The retired American tennis player tweeted on his handle with a strong message to take mental health seriously.

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The five-part docuseries also has the stories of other athletes who went through troubles in their careers. The likes of Caitlyn Jenner, Christy Martin, and the famous fight of the Pacers Pistons have been included.

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Mardy Fish opens up on his life as seen in the trailer

Mardy Fish turned pro in 2000 and rose to fame in the early 2000s. He reached a career-high ranking of seven on the ATP rankings and won six titles. He reached the highest point in his career in 20004 after winning the silver medal at the Athens Olympic Games. However, his mental health took a toll on him.

In the series by Netflix, Fish has described his battle with anxiety and panic attacks. In 2012, Fish experienced his first and major attack, even though he was at the top of his game. He was expected to burst out onto the scene in that year’s ATP tour. However, he experienced severe, terrifying heart arrhythmias.

The situation was very serious with Fish, as he believed his heart would explode. His panic attacks would occur before every big match. He retired in 2015, after having a painful but illustrious career.

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Importance of mental health in sports

The last two months of tennis have been really important. After Naomi Osaka decided to not attend the mandatory press conferences at the French Open, there was a buzz around her. Her mental health was a big issue, and she decided not to interact with the press. However, this incident gave an impetus to talk about mental health issues.

Athletes have to go through a lot and quite often, they do not open up about their inner emotions. The pressure of performing in every game gets to them. However, they are expected to manage every little detail in their life without creating any scene.

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Netflix will release the first episode on 10th August, directed and produced by Chapman and Mclein Way.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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