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Osaka’s Mental Health Discussion Resonates At French Open

May 26, 2022, 12:22 PM
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Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts after losing against Amanda Anisimova of USA during the Women's Singles First Round match on Day 2 of The 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

PARIS (AP) — Naomi Osaka’s 2022 French Open is over following a first-round loss. The players remaining in the tournament see and hear products of her frank discussion about anxiety and depression a year ago.

Changes at Roland Garros include new “quiet rooms” and three on-call psychiatrists.

There also is a broader sense that mental health is a far-less-taboo topic than it once was.

Several professional tennis players credit Osaka with helping bring the subject out of the shadows for their sport and helping foster more awareness and concern.

As a four-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player, Osaka’s decisions to withdraw from Roland Garros last year and explain her reasons for it resonated.

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