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From Michael Phelps to Naomi Osaka, a look at top athletes who battled depression

Updated : June 02, 2021 04:03 PM IST

A look at some of the most famous athletes who came out in the open about their struggles with depression.

Tennis superstar  Naomi Osaka , a four-time major champion at just 23,  ended a damaging standoff with top tennis officials by withdrawing from the French Open earlier this week citing concerns for her well-being. The incident put much-needed focus on the issue of depression faced by sportspersons across the globe. Here is a look at some famous athletes who came out in the open about their struggles. (Image: Reuters)
Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, a four-time major champion at just 23,  ended a damaging standoff with top tennis officials by withdrawing from the French Open earlier this week citing concerns for her well-being. The incident put much-needed focus on the issue of depression faced by sportspersons across the globe. Here is a look at some famous athletes who came out in the open about their struggles. (Image: Reuters)
Australian cricketer  Glenn Maxwell  took an indefinite break from the game in 2019 after suffering from depression. The all-rounder later confessed he even hoped his hand was broken after suffering a minor injury during the 2015 World Cup so that he could get a break. Things seem to have turned better for the all-rounder since the break as his cricketing career is on the rise again. (Image: IPLT20.com)
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell took an indefinite break from the game in 2019 after suffering from depression. The all-rounder later confessed he even hoped his hand was broken after suffering a minor injury during the 2015 World Cup so that he could get a break. Things seem to have turned better for the all-rounder since the break as his cricketing career is on the rise again. (Image: IPLT20.com)
He may be one of the highest-earning actors on the planet, but Hollywood superstar and WWE icon  Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson  revealed back in 2018 that he suffered depression for years.
He may be one of the highest-earning actors on the planet, but Hollywood superstar and WWE icon Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson revealed back in 2018 that he suffered depression for years.
Swimming legend and the most decorated Olympian of all time,  Michael Phelps  is an icon for millions. Phelps confessed in 2018 that he would suffer episodes of depression after every Olympics. (Image: Instagram)
Swimming legend and the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps is an icon for millions. Phelps confessed in 2018 that he would suffer episodes of depression after every Olympics. (Image: Instagram)
 Freddie Flintoff,  one of the greatest English cricketers of the last generation who also adorned various hats including that of a boxer revealed he suffered from depression. (Image: Instagram)
Freddie Flintoff, one of the greatest English cricketers of the last generation who also adorned various hats including that of a boxer revealed he suffered from depression. (Image: Instagram)
 Serena Williams , arguably the greatest women tennis player of all time revealed in 2011 that she was battling depression for over a year. (Image: AP)
Serena Williams, arguably the greatest women tennis player of all time revealed in 2011 that she was battling depression for over a year. (Image: AP)
WWE and UFC star  Ronda Rousey  said in a 2018 interview that she suffered from depression and contemplated suicide after two back to back defeats. (Image: Instagram)
WWE and UFC star Ronda Rousey said in a 2018 interview that she suffered from depression and contemplated suicide after two back to back defeats. (Image: Instagram)
Published : June 02, 2021 04:03 PM IST
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