In May of 2021, the tennis community was shocked to hear fan-favorite Naomi Osaka was withdrawing from the French Open due to a struggle with depression. She eventually did come back to the court for the Tokyo Olympics where she lost in the third round. Now, Osaka seems to be back in action after winning in the first round against Czech’s Marie Bouzkova at the US Open.
Since Osaka withdrew from the French Open in May, many fans have expressed their support and admiration in her honesty about her struggles with mental health (much like they have done with Simone Biles during the Tokyo Olympics). Prior to her win yesterday, Osaka posted on Instagram about how much self-reflection she has done the past year and what her mental health goals are for her future. She wrote how she will “try to celebrate [her]self and [her] accomplishments more” and not get so worked up stressing about the little things.
Fans found this encouraging since so many others around the world struggle with the same sort of thoughts and complicated feelings. The way Osaka is accomplishing so many feats amidst depression is an inspiration to those facing the same battle.
Naomi Osaka will play Olga Danilovic from Serbia in the next round.
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