Popular Tennis Star, Naomi Osaka has come out to ask for privacy and empathy amid her mental health struggles. She recently revealed this in an essay for a special issue of Time magazine, and the world has been reacting.
According to her, it is a shame that she actually felt under a great amount of pressure to disclose her symptoms because the press and the tournament never believed her.
Naomi added that she has made up her mind to never engage in scrutiny of her personal medical history ever again.
Her words, “The world is as divided now as I can remember in my short 23 years.”
“Issues that are so obvious to me at face value, like wearing a mask in a pandemic or kneeling to show support for anti-racism, are ferociously contested. I mean, wow!”
“So, when I said I needed to miss French Open press conferences to take care of myself mentally, I should have been prepared for what unfolded.”
“I felt under a great amount of pressure to disclose my symptoms – frankly because the press and the tournament did not believe me. I also do not want to have to engage in a scrutiny of my personal medical history ever again.”
“So I ask the press for some level of privacy and empathy next time we meet. I do hope that people can relate and understand it’s OK to not be OK, and it’s OK to talk about it.”
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