Four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open on Monday, citing her mental health. The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has now released a response to her unexpected withdrawal. It isn’t great.
Last Wednesday Osaka announced she would not be doing any of the usual post-match press during the tournament in order to protect her mental wellbeing. Acknowledging that she would likely be fined for this decision, the current World No. 2 expressed a desire that the money would go toward a mental health charity.
“I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes [sic] mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one,” “I’ve watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in a press room and I know you have as well. I believe the whole situation is kicking a person while they’re down and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it.” Read more…
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