Break Points: Mardy Fish Opens Up about His Anxiety Disorder

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Mardy Fish talked with Doug Robson about his struggles with anxiety disorder:

Fish says the lowest moment of his ordeal came when he withdrew minutes before a match against Roger Federer in the fourth round of the 2012 U.S. Open.

Later that day, he panicked as his Los Angeles-bound flight left the gate.

“My wife was there because otherwise I probably wouldn’t have had the guts to do it,” he says. “She jumped up and said we need to get off the plane right now. Pretty embarrassing.”

He and his wife, Stacey, ended up staying in New York five more days before chartering a private jet. Back home, Fish was too afraid to leave the house for three months.

“I was basically getting anxiety attacks every 30 minutes of the day at that time,” he says. “That was the worst of it. They would just never stop.”

A Charlotte Observer columnist faced down John Isner’s serve:

Isner appears to have climbed an invisible tree and is going to hit the ball out of it. His contact point is so ridiculously high that…

I have no time to finish the rest of the thought. Isner swings. The ball whizzes to the corner of the service box and into the fence. I never have time to move.

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