Mardy Fish shares moments his life ‘was a living hell’ with hope it can help others

More than two days after Netflix had released “Untold: Breaking Point,” the latest episode in its sports-themed documentary series, its central figure — the man whose tennis career is detailed in honest, thought-provoking detail — hadn’t watched it yet.

Mardy Fish lived the story at the center of the documentary. In interviews with sibling producers Maclain and Chapman Way, Fish relieved the progression of the crippling anxiety disorder that brought him down from the peak of the tennis world and led him to withdraw from his fourth-round match against Roger Federer at the 2012 U.S. Open. Sometimes, he had to tell the interviewers to pause so he could compose himself. “I’m not much of a crier,” Fish said, “but I had to kind of catch myself from doing that.”

Other people have seen it. He knows that from the messages that have blown up his phone, calls, social media chatter and the praise deservedly sent his way for being so public about what he has gone through and for helping make mental health issues more mainstream and acceptable for open discussion. “It’s just really humbling,” he said during a phone interview from Los Angeles, “to know that your story can help people.”

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