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Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open – and tennis

1 June 2021 1:45 PM
Tags:
Depression
Tennis
French Open
Mental health
Anxiety
Eyewitness News
Tholakele Mnganga
EWN
Naomi Osaka
Many Wiener

The highest-paid female athlete ever is taking a break from tennis. Mandy Wiener interviews sports journalist Tholakele Mnganga.

World number two Naomi Osaka is taking a break from tennis.

The rising superstar withdrew from the French Open on Monday after being threatened with disqualification due to her decision to refrain from giving interviews.

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"The truth is I have suffered bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that,” said Osaka.

"In Paris, I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious, so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences."

Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete ever, according to Forbes magazine.

Many Wiener interviewed Eyewitness News sports journalist Tholakele Mnganga.

I get her argument… but she is a professional athlete… We want to hear her thoughts… We want to hear her opinions, and that’s how sponsors come on boards… What kind of things are they asking her… that’s making her feel uncomfortable?

Tholakele Mnganga, sports journalist - Eyewitness News

Naomi Osaka’s sister… admitted that her family was constantly saying how horrible she is on clay…

Tholakele Mnganga, sports journalist - Eyewitness News

She’s the highest-paid female tennis player…

Tholakele Mnganga, sports journalist - Eyewitness News

For more detail, listen to the interview in the audio below.




1 June 2021 1:45 PM
Tags:
Depression
Tennis
French Open
Mental health
Anxiety
Eyewitness News
Tholakele Mnganga
EWN
Naomi Osaka
Many Wiener

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