NRL star Benji Marshall has publicly reached out to Benard Tomic after the tennis player revealed his battle with depression.
Tomic sensationally walked out on Channel 10 show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here, after revealing the show, in addition to his abysmal year on the ATP circuit, had left him feeling "sad" and "depressed".
The comments sparked criticism from pundits and social media alike, however Wests Tigers' Benji Marshall posted a video on sports social content 20FOUR saying he'd "been there before."
“We need to get around our athletes and help out where we can help. It’s all the people around Bernard, hopefully he has that support because times do get tough in the spotlight. I know, I’ve been there," Marshall said.
“I don’t know Bernard but I’m always here to talk if anyone needs to talk.”
After a prodigal early career, that saw him become one of the youngest ever Wimbledon quarterfinalists, Tomic has dropped outside the top 150 and recently failed to qualify for the Australian Open.
The former world No.17 revealed upon leaving the reality show that he still desires to return to playing tennis at the highest level.
“I’m disappointed in myself for not making the right decision for myself prior to leaving," Tomic said.
"I’ve got to get back to where I belong. It might take me six months, but everyday’s going to be a step closer and everyday I spend out there is a day I lose.
“As soon as I get back I’ll be training, getting ready to go to particularly tournaments and stuff and where I should be in the sport, in the top 20, top 15 and push for the top five in the world."