Osaka actually became famous in the week before the Grand Slam in Paris. reason? The Japanese, the former leader of the world ranking of tennis players, announced to everyone without thinking that she was not considering participating in the obligatory press conferences for the participants in the tournament. She argued this with her mental health issues and the anxiety she felt during her meetings with the media.
Osaka: The best decision for my well-being
Osaka was aware of the financial penalties she was facing. Nor did she do anything about the joint statement issued by the organizers of all Grand Slam tournaments, which told her that if her boycott continued, she could be disqualified.
After winning the first round with Romanian Patricia Maria Teague, she did not appear at the conference.
However, the really exciting news was only released on Monday. As I mentioned, Roland Garros 2021 will be held later without her participation.
“The best thing for the tournament, for the other players and for my well-being is that I’m quitting so everyone can focus on tennis,” she wrote on Twitter. “The truth is, I’ve had long bouts of depression since the 2018 US Open,” she added.
– Naomi Osaka Naomi Osaka (naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
Wellander: I find it difficult to identify with Osaka
Later that evening, the situation in the Eurosport studio was commented on by former tennis player, and now station expert, Mats Wellander.
Of course we wish her a lot of luck. Let’s hope it comes back at some point and inspires others to fight this disease. She said before the tournament that she would not participate in press conferences, and now she openly mentioned depression – he said in an interview with Barbara Sheet.
– When you are famous you have to think about what is written on social media, and it has been very active there in recent years. The question is, where was her manager? He probably should have replied earlier.
Wilander admitted that he found it difficult to get to know Osaka, because he was always very keen to talk to reporters at press conferences.
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