After the French Open controversy, Naomi Osaka praises Novak Djokovic and Meghan Markle for their support.
After withdrawing from the French Open due to mental health difficulties, NAOMI OSAKA thanked Mehgan Markle and Novak Djokovic for their support.
And the Japanese star is now demanding for tennis players to be allowed to take unpaid “sick days” from their press obligations. Before the claycourt Major, the four-time Grand Slam winner announced that she will not be holding press conferences following her matches.
Before withdrawing, she was penalized and threatened with expulsion from the event, claiming she had been depressed since 2018.
“I want to thank everyone who supported me,” the 23-year-old wrote in an essay for TIME magazine before her debut in the Tokyo Olympics.
“Too many to mention, but I’d want to start with my family and friends, who have been incredible.
“Nothing is more vital than those connections. I’d also like to express my gratitude to individuals in the public eye who have offered their support, encouragement, and good words. To mention a few, Michelle Obama, Michael Phelps, Steph Curry, Novak Djokovic, and Meghan Markle.
“Michael Phelps said I may have saved a life by speaking up. If that’s the case, everything was worth it.”
Osaka echoed the Duchess of Sussex’s words when writing on mental health difficulties.
She added, “I felt under a lot of pressure to reveal my symptoms—frankly because the press and the tournament didn’t believe me.”
“I also don’t want to be subjected to a re-examination of my personal medical history.
“So I urge the press for some privacy and empathy the next time we meet. I do hope people can empathize and understand it’s okay to not be okay; and it’s okay to talk about it.”
Osaka also withdrew from Wimbledon, but she intends to return to the WTA Tour after the Olympics and is seeking reforms.
“Perhaps we could allow athletes to take a mental break from public monitoring on a rare occasion without facing severe consequences,” she proposed.
“In any other field of employment, you’d be forgiven for taking a day off now and then as long as it wasn’t a regular occurrence. You wouldn’t have to tell your boss about your most personal symptoms because HR policies would almost certainly preserve your privacy.
“It’s possible.” Brinkwire Summary News.