Naomi Osaka’s battle for mental health on the tennis court

With Wimbledon just weeks away, Osaka ignited a global conversation about athletes and mental health.

Japan's Naomi Osaka in action during her first-round match against Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, May 30, 2021 [File: Christian Hartmann/Reuters]

The highest-paid female athlete in the world, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, decided to leave the French Open at the end of May citing her battle with depression and anxiety. Her withdrawal from the tournament created a media frenzy, and divided journalists and fans. But it has also started a conversation about athletes and mental health that for many is long overdue.

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Rennae Stubbs @rennaestubbs, former world number one in doubles, host of @racqetmagazine podcast, and ESPN commentator

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Source: Al Jazeera