For another day, Naomi Osaka took over the tennis news cycle. The Japanese star announced last week that she would not attend any press conferences at the French Open.
A day after getting hit with a $15K for skipping her opening presser, she decided to just withdraw from the event and she revealed she’s been fighting depression.
Many players and celebs rallied in support of her decision and her statement detailing what she has been going through.
I feel like there is a lot of, like, articles and stuff that they put out. I think you really have to step forward and make an effort, just as in anything. You have to be able to make an effort and say, I need help with A, B, C, and D, and talk to someone. I think that’s so important to have a sounding board, whether it’s someone at the WTA or whether it’s someone in your life. Maybe it’s someone that you just talk to on a weekly basis.
I’ve been in that position, too. I’ve definitely had opportunities to talk to people, kind of get things off my chest that I can’t necessarily talk to anyone in my family or anyone that I know.
For me it’s important to have awareness and make that step.
The only thing I feel is that I feel for Naomi. I feel like I wish I could give her a hug because I know what it’s like. Like I said, I’ve been in those positions.
We have different personalities, and people are different. Not everyone is the same. I’m thick. Other people are thin. Everyone is different and everyone handles things differently.
You just have to let her handle it the way she wants to, in the best way she thinks she can, and that’s the only thing I can say. I think she’s doing the best that she can.
stay strong I admire your vulnerability
Billie Jean King
It’s incredibly brave that Naomi Osaka has revealed her truth about her struggle with depression.
Right now, the important thing is that we give her the space and time she needs.
We wish her well.
We’re behind you babygirl, take the time you need! ❤️
Mental Health is nothing to criticize. Nothing to joke about. Pls take your mental health seriously. Without my support system, I truly believe I would not be here today. Here for you @naomiosaka
The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others.
So proud of you. Take care of yourself and see you back winning soon! ❤️❤️❤️
God bless you 🙏🏾 You have to do what’s best for you first! Public life can be overwhelming and it’s ok to not be ok with it sometimes!
Blessings and nothing but support champ❤️❤️❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Good for you.
You don’t need to apologize to ANYONE and especially THOSE damn JOURNALISTS that don’t understand WHO YOU ARE. Love yourself because they sure aren’t. Be You and Do You. YOU are what matters! #ILOVEMESOMEME
WE ARE WITH YOU!
The tournament is losing in this situation. So sad that they would rather fine you than embrace the person.
Love to you Naomi, you are the power, you channel the greatness!
Statement from FFT president Gilles Moretton
First and foremost, we are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka. The outcome of Naomi withdrawing from Roland-Garros is unfortunate. We wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery, and we look forward to having Naomi at our Tournament next year.
As all the Grand Slams, the WTA, the ATP and the ITF, we remain very committed to all athletes’ well-being and to continually improving every aspect of players’ experience in our Tournament, including with the Media, like we have always strived to do.
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