Getty Images / Tim Clayton-Corbis / Pictured: Naomi Osaka
“Now I think the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I’m quitting so everyone can focus on playing tennis in Paris. I never wanted to be distracted and accept that. It wasn’t perfect. My message could have been more clear. That, that I will never underestimate my mental health,” Osaka wrote in his statement in the context of Roland Garros.
The WTA runner-up previously stated that she does not intend to attend press conferences during the tournament. The Japanese wanted to avoid them because of her mental health.
After winning with Patricia Maria Teague, the four-time Grand Slam champion did not appear at the mandatory press conference. The organizers imposed a fine of 15,000 PLN. dollars. The Grand Slam Tournament Board has also been notified that the tennis player could be disqualified for another absence.
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Then Osaka was surprised by another statement. She admitted that since the 2018 US Open, she has been suffering from prolonged bouts of depression and is trying to fight this disease. The Japanese decided that the best solution was to withdraw, which I argued in the entry mentioned earlier.
In an interview with Eurosport, Iga Świątek commented on the situation of Japanese women: – We have some contacts, of course, but I did not know that Naomi had such problems. I am sorry about that. Everyone sees the situation on the tour differently and the pressure we are facing. Of course, I hope she takes care of herself first and is able to isolate herself from the noise around her. Hopefully he can focus on himself to feel good enough to get back into the competition. This is the most important.
I think it is very important to educate people and show our point of view that depression or anxiety can happen to anyone. Even if there is a rich and successful person on the court – added the Polish tennis player.
I was lying down with the curtains closed
The deadly struggle for primacy and the incredibly high level of world tennis pose mental problems for the stars. At the end of 2020, Nick Kyrgios spoke about his problems. A tennis player known for his controversial behavior on the court has been captured in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph.
“I don’t think people understand how lonely you can be in tennis.” I’m alone on the field. I can’t talk to anyone. You have to find the solution yourself. I struggled with this aspect – the Australian admitted.
He also told how he felt in Shanghai. wake up in the daytime. It was four in the evening and he was still in bed. With pulled curtains. “I didn’t want to see the sunlight,” he admitted.
He had depression in the past. He felt that no one wanted to know him as a person, and that he was only seen as a tennis player to use. He didn’t trust anyone, he was lonely. He put too much pressure on himself and lost the fun of the game. In the end things got out of hand.
“I was depressed about who I thought I should become,” he said in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph.
I felt my heart beat
A year ago, young tennis player Corey Gauff also spoke about her problems. She was 16 years old at the time.
“All my life I’ve been the youngest all around, which means the pressures and expectations have increased,” she wrote on the blog.
Then she asked herself if that was what she wanted to do with her life. She was aware of her successes, but did not feel any love for this sport.
“I got to the point where I have to start playing for myself. Not for others. I’ve been really depressed for a year. It was the hardest period for me” – said the American.
Andrea Petkovic, a semi-finalist for Roland Garros from 2014, also spoke about depression. She didn’t want to play tennis. I felt so happy just being at home. Training became torture.
Australian tennis player Thansi Kokinakis said in an interview with ubitennis.net that during his depression, seeing happy people made him cry.
I cried in the room for no reason at all. I had panic attacks while walking and no one was a hundred yards away. I couldn’t explain it, Kokkinakis reported. I’m starting to get nervous all of a sudden. I felt my heart beat. It was strange, I had never felt anything like this before. I couldn’t think positively. Even when the good ideas appeared, they disappeared a second later.
He also suffered from depression, among others Andrey Rublev or such giant stars as Victoria Azarenka and Andre Agassi.
Iga schwietik won
Iga Świątek wrote about her temporary issues at WP SportoweFakty. It was not about depression, but feeling overwhelmed in front of the victorious Roland Garros.
“When I came back from the US Championships and Rome, I trained so hard that I often worked seven minutes non-stop. Most of the season I played well in preparation, but I couldn’t bring it to the tournaments. A hard time. So much so that I was wondering. Even if it was Tennis makes me really happy. I was hoping to feel better at the French Open. And it was even worse before the tournament.”
The first training session in Paris was played by a Polish player with a player from Spain. After him, I talked for a long time with Daria Abramovich on the toilet. Her psychologist argued that Iga was not fatigued, and that it was not at all fatigue. But Iga was not listening, she insisted that she was wrong.
“From today’s perspective, I can see that what I said was a bit exaggerated, but at that moment I felt that way. When I decided that the reason for this thinking was my strong beliefs and began to admit what Daria was saying, the conclusion came quickly. I was overwhelmed with expectations. I imposed a lot of it on myself. Immediately before the tournament started, I changed my attitude. I started thinking, or actually remembered that I was playing for myself. For fun” – you can read in Świątek’s text.
After each mistake, she convinced herself that nothing bad had happened. that happens. And that’s it. After all, tennis is a game of mistakes and whoever cannot accept it – will not progress, and at the end of the game they will be better on their budget than their opponent.
“So I was stepping forward, and focused on the next tasks. This approach became more and more natural to me. I finally got into the rhythm. I won match after match. And my dream came true. Winning the French Open became a reality.” – stated Iga, who also conquered demons Human soul.
Are you depressed? Feeling bad but not sure what’s wrong with you? Look for support, for example, at the Itaka Foundation, which operates an antidepressant helpline (number: 41 40 22654).
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