The Grand Slams released a statement pledging their support to Naomi Osaka as well as improve the player experience at Grand Slams. The Grand Slams released a strongly worded statement after Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 for missing her post-match interview after the first round. In a recent statement on Twitter, she opened up on her bouts of depression over the past few years. She also opened up about her anxiety issues while facing the media.
“On behalf of the Grand Slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court.” a statement by the Grand Slams said in support of Naomi Osaka. “She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate.”
“Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another.” the statement added. “We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathize with the unique pressures tennis players may face. While players’ wellbeing has always been a priority to the Grand Slams, our intention, together with the WTA, the ATP, and the ITF, is to advance mental health and wellbeing through further actions.”
Frenchman Gael Monfils admitted that tennis needed Naomi Osaka back on the court. He admitted that all athletes are not well-equipped to face the spotlight. He heaped praise on Osaka for the way she has handled the situation at such a young age. He feels that now that things are not going as planned, she is bound to make a few mistakes. Monfils said that Osaka is a champion and champions bounce back.