Serena Williams provides help to Naomi Osaka after French Open withdrawal

Serena Williams, an idol for Naomi Osaka in her tennis profession, gave her help to the world No. 2 star after she determined to withdraw from the 2021 French Open. 

Not lengthy after Osaka introduced that she would exit the French Open, Williams, coming off a first-round win at Rolland-Garros, stated that she feels for Osaka and that she is aware of what it’s prefer to face the media stress, in accordance with New York Instances reporter Ben Rothenberg. 

“The one factor I really feel is that I really feel for Naomi,” Williams stated. “I really feel like I want I may give her a hug as a result of I do know what it is like. Like I stated, I have been in these positions.”

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Osaka introduced on Twitter on Monday that she would step out of this yr’s French Open and that she would “take a while away from the courtroom.” 

In her put up, she revealed that she has suffered “lengthy bouts of despair” for the reason that 2018 U.S. Open and that speaking to the press after matches can carry “enormous waves of hysteria.”

Williams stated that everybody handles conditions in another way and that “you simply should let her deal with it the way in which [Osaka] needs to, in one of the best ways she thinks she will be able to.”

Williams later added when requested whether or not the WTA and Grand Slam Tournaments are doing sufficient to assist gamers’ psychological well being issues that “you actually should step ahead and make an effort, simply as in something.”

“You’ve gotten to have the ability to make an effort and say, I need assistance with A, B, C and D, and discuss to somebody. I feel that is so necessary to have a sounding board, whether or not it is somebody on the WTA or whether or not it is somebody in your life. Possibly it is somebody that you simply simply discuss to on a weekly foundation,” Williams stated. “I have been in that place too. I’ve positively had alternatives to speak to folks, sort of get issues off my chest that I am unable to essentially discuss to anybody in my household or anybody that I do know.

“For me it is necessary to have consciousness and make that step.”

Osaka started the match by saying that she wouldn’t converse to the press as she felt folks usually had no regard for the psychological well being of athletes. In response, the heads of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments fined her $15,000 and famous that she may face a default within the French Open and face potential Grand Slam violations.

Williams was the newest athlete to supply up help to Osaka. Usain Bolt, Venus Williams and Coco Gauff all left messages of help to the tennis star amid her determination to exit the French Open. 

In keeping with a report from Yahoo! Sports activities, French Tennis Federation president Gilles Moretton stated throughout a information convention that Osaka’s withdrawal from Roland-Garros was “unlucky” and stated the French Open needs her “the most effective and quickest potential restoration, and we stay up for having Naomi in our match subsequent yr.”

“As all of the Grand Slams, the WTA, the ATP, and the ITF, we stay very dedicated to all athletes’ well-being, and to repeatedly bettering each facet of gamers’ expertise in our match — together with with the media, like now we have all the time strived to do,” Moretton stated. 

He didn’t keep for questions from reporters.

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