“We’re All With You Queen” – CBS Chicago
(CBS Los Angeles) – World No.2 tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros on Monday, announcing in an Instagram post that she had to move away to work on her mental health. The 23-year-old Beverly Hills resident had fought with tournament officials over her obligations to appear at press conferences after every match, with French Tennis Federation officials fining her 15,000 $ this weekend for skipping the post-game press conference. after her victory over Patricia Tig on Sunday.
In his post, in Osaka, she has been struggling with long bouts of depression since the 2018 US Open and her social anxiety was the reason she had hoped to be able to skip press conferences during the tournament.
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“Although the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I want to apologize especially to all the cool journalists I have hurt), I am not a natural speaker and I feel huge waves. of anxiety before speaking to the world’s media, “Osaka wrote. “I get very nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best possible answers. “
Following her announcement, athletes in the sports world sent messages of support to Osaka, standing by her side as she goes through this difficult time in her career. Tennis star Serena Williams said she wished she could kiss Osaka, knowing what it’s like to be in her shoes.
“I feel like I wish I could give her a hug because I know what it is. Like I said, I’ve been in these positions.”
Serena Williams on the withdrawal of Naomi Osaka from Roland-Garros pic.twitter.com/bkDeB0JWtW
– Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 1, 2021
Brooklyn Nets goalie Kyrie Irving also expressed his support for Osaka, commenting on Osaka’s post: “We’re all with you Queen. Just be you, that will always be enough.
Kyrie with a message for Naomi Osaka 🙏 pic.twitter.com/GIogIg7BJa
– Complex sports (@ComplexSports) June 1, 2021
Golden State Warriors goalie Stephen Curry tweeted his support, saying: “You should never have to make a decision like this, but it’s so awesome to hit the high road when the powers that be aren’t protecting theirs. great respect @naomiosaka ”
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– Stephen Curry (@ StephenCurry30) May 31, 2021
It wasn’t just the athletes who lent their support on Monday, either. Osaka’s sponsors, including Nike, Mastercard and Tag Heuer have all issued statements behind Osaka’s decision.
“Our thoughts are with Naomi. We support her and recognize her courage in sharing her own mental health experience, ”Nike said.
After Osaka’s announcement, FFT chairman Giles Morretton read a statement that read:
“First and foremost, we are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka. The outcome of Naomi’s withdrawal from Roland Garros is unfortunate. We wish her the best and the fastest possible recovery, and we look forward to welcoming Naomi at our tournament next year. Like all Grand Slam, WTA, ATP and ITF tournaments, we remain very committed to the well-being of all athletes and to the continuous improvement of every aspect of the experience of the players in our tournament, including with the media, as we have always strived to do. “
Moretton then did not respond to questions from reporters, which did not escape those who covered the situation.
They fined Osaka for not answering questions, and then the chief refused to answer questions. You can’t make this stuff up.
This is why you cannot take these organizations seriously. https://t.co/Bvnw2hHHPC
– Mike Freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) May 31, 2021
This is a well-written statement, obviously under a lot of constraints. Mental health is extremely important and it doesn’t take such deep courage to say it.
– Mike Cannon-Brookes 👨🏼💻🧢 (@mcannonbrookes) May 31, 2021
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