A real thunderclap. In a sport so little adept at controversy, the withdrawal of Naomi Osaka is messy. This Monday, she said on social media: “The truth is, I have suffered from long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and have struggled to cope with them.” She also added that she felt “vulnerable and anxious” and cast doubt on his participation at Wimbledon (which begins June 28).
Obviously, the world of the little yellow ball reacted strongly to this announcement that nobody expected before the start of the Paris fortnight.
On Eurosport, Boris Becker was not kind to the young Japanese. “She claimed that she couldn’t face the media pressure after losing a tennis match. Any player knows that losing happens frequently and that the only solution is to face it. I have it. always considered it part of the job “ he started.
If the German legend has never loved this exercise, he forced it. Because you have to follow the rules of the game. “Without the media, there is no price with a lot of money. The contracts would be much lower. You can’t eat what is right for you. Personally, I hated the media. I didn’t like it. talk to reporters after my matches. But I had to do it. “
Boris Becker did not want to overwhelm a person on the ground. But he still wonders what follow-up will she give to his career? “Osaka chose to withdraw from the tournament because she could not cope with the media psychologically. It still raises a larger question. Because if she cannot cope with the media in Paris, she will not be able to. neither do in the other Grand Slams. I almost feel his career is in danger. Clearly tennis has to deal with mental health issues. We have to take them very seriously and even more so with the latest one. difficult year for players with the Covid. “
If the German has expressed doubts about the future career of the young Japanese 23-year-old, other personalities have stepped up to defend Naomi Osaka. To begin with Serena Williams who declared maternally wanting to “take Naomi in my arms”.
Martina Navratilova also spoke. “I’m so sad for Naomi Osaka. I really hope she’s okay. As athletes we are taught to take care of our bodies. Maybe the mental and emotional aspect is being overlooked. is more to do or not to do a press conference. Good luck Naomi, we are all shooting for you! “
A flagship tennis player from another era, Billie Jean King, who was world number one for the first time in 1966, also supported the Japanese. “It’s incredibly courageous that Naomi Osaka has revealed her truth about her struggle with depression. Right now, the important thing is that we give her the space and time she needs. We wish her well.”
Another player has experienced mental health issues during his career. This is Mardy Fish who suffered from cardiac arrhythmia in 2012. A setback that ultimately led to a serious anxiety disorder that at times prevented him from leaving his home. He also had a kind word towards Osaka: “You can’t criticize mental health. You can’t joke about such an important topic. You have to take it seriously. Without all the support I received, I wouldn’t be here today. if you need Naomi Osaka. “
Hopefully such a player finds the courts quickly. Because, with this withdrawal, it is all tennis and the fans who are losing a rare pearl for their sport.