Naomi Osaka is getting a lot of support from some of her famous fans and fellow athletes. The tennis star announced on Monday that she would not be competing in the French Open, and candidly opened up about her struggles with depression and social anxiety.
“The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that,” Osaka shared in a statement posted to social media. Osaka previously made headlines last Wednesday when she announced she would not be participating in press conferences at the French Open, which began on Sunday. She wrote at the time that she believed the practice to be harmful to athletes’ mental health.
Osaka wrote on Monday that she’s always dealt with social anxiety, which is often exacerbated in situations like press conferences. She explained that she was already feeling “vulnerable and anxious” and viewed skipping press conferences as an act of “self-care.”
In response to her announcement, many …