Famous American Tennis Player Serena Williams has reacted to Naomi Osaka‘s withdrawal from the French Open. The American Tennis player said she wished to hug Osaka after opening up about her depression dating back to 2018.
Osaka had refused to participate in press conferences, making the tournament organisers threaten the 23-year-old with disqualification and a ban.
Meanwhile, in a social media post, Osaka said she experienced enormous waves of anxiety before speaking to the media and revealed she had suffered long bouts of depression.
Williams said she feels for Naomi and wishes she could hug her. Williams, who is pursuing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title in Paris, opined that Osaka should be allowed to handle what she is going through the way she wants to.
Meanwhile, Williams also spoke about mental health issues off the court, noting that it is essential for players to have someone to talk to in tough times.
Earlier, in a post via her Twitter handle, Naomi Osaka announced that she decided to withdraw from French Open Tournament for the sake of the Tournament, the other players and her well being so that everyone can focus on the ongoing Tennis games in Paris.
Osaka said she never wanted to be a distraction to the Tournament, adding that she has had a hard time coping with depression since the US Open in 2018.
The young Tennis Star added that she usually wears headphones to dull her social anxiety. Osaka further explained that she is not a natural public speaker and get huge waves before speaking to the media.