The four-time grand slam champion who withdrew from the French Open in May, citing psychological heath causes, revealed afterwards she had “suffered lengthy bouts of despair” since successful her first grand slam title in 2018. Osaka later withdrew from Wimbledon.
However, the four-time grand slam champion stated it was by no means her intention to “encourage revolt.”
“I like the press; I don’t love all press conferences,” wrote Osaka. “However, in my opinion (and I wish to say that this is simply my opinion and never that of each tennis participant on tour), the press-conference format itself is … in nice need of a refresh.”
“I consider that we are able to make it higher […] Less topic vs. object; extra peer to look.
“Athletes are people. Tennis is our privileged occupation and of course there are commitments off the courtroom that coincide. But I am unable to think about one other occupation the place a constant attendance file […] can be so harshly scrutinized,” provides Osaka.
Citing her pure introversion and want to not courtroom the highlight, Osaka went on to say in her first-person essay for TIME: “I all the time attempt to push myself to talk up for what I consider to be proper, however that always comes at a price of nice anxiousness.
“I really feel uncomfortable being the spokesperson or face of athlete psychological well being because it’s nonetheless so new to me and I haven’t got all the solutions. I do hope that folks can relate and perceive it is OK to not be OK, and it is OK to speak about it.”
More to observe.