Rebecca Marino returns a shot against Ekaterina Makarova at the 2011 Rogers Cup in Toronto.Tyler Anderson / National Post
Rebecca Marino, once Canada’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, announced she is returning to tennis after nearly five years away.
The Vancouver native will play in two ITF Women’s Circuit events in Saguenay, Que., next week and in Toronto the following week.
Marino, now 26, left the women’s tour in 2013 because of a depression diagnosis. She had reached a world ranking high of No. 38 in July 2011 and made a WTA final in Memphis in February 2011, where she lost to Magdalena Rybarikova. She won two matches at the French Open that year and another at Wimbledon to earn her top-40 ranking.
“I’m excited to come back and play in Canada, especially in tournaments that I participated in a number of times in my career,” she said in a statement released by Tennis Canada.
“I made the decision to return to professional tennis a couple of months ago and started training again during the first week of September. It’s been a pretty short training schedule, but I’m doing it because I enjoy it. I don’t have any ranking goals or result goals right now, I just want to go in and enjoy the process and come at it from a different place than I was before. I want to be happy to be on court and compete, that’s all that matters to me.”
After leaving tennis, Marino went back to school at the University of British Columbia, where she studied English literature. She also taught tennis to kids and competed in rowing for UBC.
“I am very happy that Rebecca is coming back to competition. She is doing it for herself and that’s what is most important,” said Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team and head of the national women’s program. “She missed tennis and she wanted to experience a different ending then the first one. She has come a long way in the past few years and this evolution will allow her to approach the life of a professional tennis player differently.”
Japan’s Risa Ozaki, ranked No. 93, is the top-ranked player in the preliminary Saguenay field. Rising Canadian star Bianca Andreescu, the world No. 159 at age 17, is the No. 2 player in the draw.