Naomi Osaka revealed that she’s been struggling with bouts of depression.

Naomi Osaka revealed that she’s been struggling with bouts of depression.

Naomi Osaka revealed that she's been struggling with bouts of depression.


Naomi Osaka has revealed that she’s been battling bouts of depression and anxiety since the US Open in 2018 and can now be taking a while faraway from the sport .

JOHANNESBURG – Fellow tennis players still show support to Naomi Osaka after she withdrew from the French Open following her decision to boycott all media activity at the slam .


Osaka has also revealed that she’s been battling bouts of depression and anxiety since the US Open in 2018 and can now be taking a while faraway from the sport .

Billie Jean King and Navratilova showed their support for Osaka, saying that it showed the importance of psychological state .

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As for Serena Williams, she empathised with what Osaka had been forced to affect in her career.


“The only thing I feel is that I pity Naomi. I desire I wish I could give her a hug because i do know what it’s like,” said the 39-year-old, after her first-round 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 convert Irina-Camelia Begu within the first ever night match at Roland Garros.

“We have different personalities, and other people are different. Not most are an equivalent . I’m thick. people are thin.

“Everyone is different and everybody handles things differently. you only need to let her handle it the way she wants to.”

Osaka beat Williams at the US Open in 2018 – with many witnessing the work of subsequent tennis great.

However, “long bouts of depression” have brought things to a halt for now, with the tennis fraternity taking an extended hard check out itself.