[Paris 31st Reuters]–Women’s tennis player Naomi Osaka (Nissin Foods) announced on the 31st that she would withdraw from the French Open in the second round of singles and confessed that she had been suffering from depression since the 2018 US Open.
On Twitter, “I never imagined this situation when I posted it a few days ago. For the tournament, for other players, and for my health, I declined to play and everyone was in Paris. I think it’s best to be able to concentrate on the tennis match that is taking place. “
“The truth is, I’ve been suffering from depression for a long time since the US Open in 2018, and it was very difficult to deal with it,” he said. “If you know me, I’m an introvert. Anyone who knows that and has seen me at the tournament will notice that I often wear headphones because it relieves social anxiety. “
Prior to this, Osaka refused the press conference after the first match because of the mental burden. The organizer had fined Osaka $ 15,000.
In a statement, Moreton, chairman of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), which hosts the French Open, said he was “sorry” about Osaka’s abstention and said, “I pray for the earliest possible recovery and look forward to participating in the French Open next year. I am doing it. “
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) also stated that mental health is one of the most important issues for WTA, saying, “We will continue to support Naomi Osaka as much as possible. We hope that he will return to the court soon. I’m doing it. “