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Naomi Osaka: Snooker legend Ronnie OSullivan calls tennis star a ‘trailblazer’ [Video]

Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan has branded four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka a "trailblazer".

In an interview with The Sportsman, Sullivan commended Osaka for publicising her mental health struggles.

The Japanese tennis star took time away from the court after the French Open, before deciding to take another break after crashing out of the US Open last month. She revealed that "winning doesn’t make me happy any more".

O’Sullivan has endured his fair share of mental health struggles, deciding to take a year away from snooker in 2012.

And after a first-round World Championship win in 2016, O’Sullivan smashed his cue in his dressing room before leaving the venue and checking himself into a clinic for a week with exhaustion.

O’Sullivan, a six-time world champion, spoke candidly about Osaka’s decision to temporarily step away from sport.

"She is a great player, and isn’t going anywhere – and I’m sure the break will do her some …

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