Stade Roland-Garros, Paris, France, The French Open: Last month we celebrated mental health, on June 1st, mental health gets fined over not talking to the press? My thought is, whoever fined Naomi Osaka for having anxiety has never experienced someone having a panic attack. If they ever had, they would be good with the decision of simply not speaking to the media. It infuriates me when people don’t place themselves in another’s shoes. Who are you to judge?
This a bad look for tennis as a whole. To be blunt, as it stands right now this what happened. 23-year-old, Naomi Osaka the #2 ranked player in the world, expressed her concerns about speaking to the media. After not attending her media session, the French Open fined her $15,000!! So like a real G, Naomi withdrew from the tournament. We here at IMU Media are so proud of you and understand the importance of mental health.
As a top performer, you must be in a peak state as often as possible. Energy is a real thing, so is anxiety. The energy received from anxiety is negative so the result it would have on your performance would not be positive. A tournament showcasing the best players in the world you would think the athletes would be the top priority. Speaking to the press has nothing to do with the tennis court. What happened to freedom of choice?
Tennis took an L on this one. Hopefully, they can learn from this though. I don’t see any benefit of having the #2 ranked player in the world not competing in a huge tournament. Possibly I’m wrong, the $15,000 could go a long way if used properly.
In my heart of hearts, I feel Naomi Osaka and Mental Health won the French Open already. To fine someone for having mental health issues at a time when even the most mentally tough people can have a rough patch is disgraceful.
It’s not even Miss Osaka had a breakdown or anything, she’s standing up for a cause. She could compete in the tournament and probably win the whole darn thing, but tennis has decided money, and press conferences are more important. If nothing this will shed light on how important Mental Health is. It’s not a joke and if you think it is LATER ✌🏼!
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