Ash Barty got mentally burned out and so took some time off. Far from career suicide, she is now French Open champion and Wimbledon favourite.
There are endless quotes and sayings urging athletes to keep going, not to quit, to never give up. But what if quitting is the best option?
Building toughness and resilience through exposure to challenging situations and training loads is an appropriate way to boost performance. But athletes need to be aware of the ethical boundary – the line between tough and abusive.
Anna Meares, the most decorated female track cyclist of all time, on overcoming adversity, her decision to retire, and how she has managed life after sport.
Seeking professional help for poor mental health isn’t easy, especially for elite athletes in times of transition. Murray’s example is a powerful lesson: don’t do it alone.
As Andy Murray makes the difficult decision to retire due to injury, should we be looking at narratives other than sport’s ‘no pain, no gain’?
Dr Kirsten van Heerden takes a look at the identity crisis that so many athletes face when retiring, and how that can affect their self-worth.