In an essay for Time magazine published on Thursday, tennis in favor of Naomi Osaka developed why she left the May’s French Open while continuing to support her own mental health.
Prior to the incident, Osaka announced that she did not press after the fight to maintain her mental health. After receiving a $ 15,000 fine for not participating in media claims, he withdrew from the rest of the tournament.
He chose to skip the press conferences “in order to exercise self-care and maintain my mental health”. “Athletes are human beings,” he explained, adding that they should be given “the right to take a mental break from controlling the media on a rare occasion without being subject to severe sanctions.”
She felt pressured to reveal her mental health issues due to public suspicion and judgment.
“In my case, I was under a lot of pressure to reveal my symptoms – honestly because the guy and the tournament didn’t believe me,” Osaka said. “I do not wish this on anyone and I hope that we can take measures to protect athletes, especially the vulnerable. Also, I do not want to re-examine my personal medical history. So I ask the press for some level of confidentiality and empathy the next time we meet. “
While Osaka wrote that she “always enjoyed an amazing relationship with the media”, she made it clear that while “I love the press. I do not like all press conferences. He felt that the format of the press conference needed to be “refreshed” and could be made more enjoyable by adopting a more “peer to peer format”.
Osaka also reflects the added attention.
The athlete revealed that she is “naturally introverted” and does not “judge the focus” trying to “push myself to talk about what I think is right, but this often comes at the cost of great stress. I feel uncomfortable being a representative or mental health athlete as it is still so new to me and I do not have all the answers. ”
“It has become apparent that literally everyone is either suffering from mental health issues or knows someone who is doing it,” he said, revealing that he has been dealing with depression since 2018. “The number of messages I received from such a large cross – the people section confirms that. I think we can almost universally agree that each of us is human and subject to emotions and feelings. “
Osaka also left Wimbledon, but said she was “excited” to play in Tokyo in front of Japanese fans, adding, “I hope I can make them proud.” On Thursday, the organizers banned spectators from the Games due to the increase in COVID cases.
Read Naomi Osaka’s full essay here.