Will Smith is standing with Naomi Osaka after the tennis participant backed out of the French Open over psychological well being issues.
The 23-year-old reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open singles champion introduced Monday that she was withdrawing from the French Open.
Forward of the event’s begin, Osaka mentioned she would not be doing press in the course of the championship in an effort to protect her psychological well being. On Sunday, Osaka picked up her first win and a $15,000 effective for not taking part in media necessities.
Osaka wrote on social media in response, “The perfect factor for the event, the opposite gamers and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everybody can get again to specializing in the tennis happening in Paris. I by no means needed to be a distraction and I settle for that my timing was not excellent and my message might have been clearer. Extra importantly, I’d by no means trivialize psychological well being or use the time period calmly.”
On Thursday, Smith, 52, posted a photograph of himself on Instagram holding up a handwritten notice he wrote to Osaka: “Hey Naomi, you might be proper. They’re incorrect! I’m with you,” wrote the actor, who occurs to be enjoying the daddy of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams within the upcoming film King Richard.
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In Osaka’s announcement that she was withdrawing from the French Open, she additionally wrote, “This is not a scenario I ever imagined or meant once I posted a couple of days in the past. I feel now one of the best factor for the event, the opposite gamers and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everybody can get again to specializing in the tennis happening in Paris.”
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The four-time Grand Slam winner revealed she has “suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy for the reason that US Open in 2018” and that post-match interviews made her “get big waves of tension earlier than I converse to the world’s media.”
“I get actually nervous and discover it aggravating to all the time attempt to interact and provide the finest solutions I can. So right here in Paris I used to be already feeling weak and anxious so I believed it was higher to train self-care and skip the press conferences,” Osaka added. “I am gonna take a while away from the court docket now, however when the time is correct I actually need to work with the Tour to debate methods we will make issues higher for the gamers, press and followers.”
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