‘That Guy is Tough’: Mardy Fish Applauds Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury

Published 12/20/2021, 5:00 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Mardy Fish of the USA celebrates after winning his Gentlemen’s Singles second round match against James Ward of Great Britain on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2012 in London, England (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


2021 has seen various professional athletes really step up the conversation about the importance of mental health. Mardy Fish, the former American tennis star, has been discussing its importance for a long time. The former World No. 7 even has a Netflix documentary about his struggles with the same “Untold: Breaking Point.”

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In a recent interview, Fish used the example of Tyson Fury, the two-time world heavyweight champion. According to Fish, it’s absolutely natural and pivotal to discuss the serious issue of mental health.

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Mardy Fish opens up on mental health, gives the example of Tyson Fury

Mardy Fish recently spoke on the important subject of mental health in an interview with Goldman Sachs.

Talking about his Netflix documentary, Fish stated, “Educating people on my story and what I went through, it was ultimately important because it made me feel better. It made me feel better when I talked about it, when I was open about it.”

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CINCINNATI – AUGUST 22: Mardy Fish congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland after the finals on Day 7 of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 22, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In addition, to illustrate his point, he gave the example of Tyson Fury, the British professional boxer, and his struggles with mental health illness. Fish said, “We saw recently Tyson Fury. He’s the heavyweight champion who just retained the belt, he came out with his issues of depression and suicidal thoughts, things like that.”

Mardy Fish emphasized that “toughness” can’t translate to physical toughness in a conversation around mental well-being as issues with mental health can affect anyone. “Clearly, that guy is tough, so it’s not about how physically tough you are. Everyone deals with stress and anxiety in their own world,” Fish said about Fury.

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Tyson Fury has struggled with depression and bipolar disorder and has been one of the most vocal advocates for mental health. The example of people like Tyson Fury and Mardy Fish, who have achieved tremendous success in their respective careers, speaking out about mental health can go a long way in breaking the stigma around it.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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