Naomi Osaka Withdraws From 2021 French Open, Citing Anxiety

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Osaka electing to withdraw from the twenty twenty one french open and rather than purse. Her words rather than again offer my spin immediately. I just wanna read all of you listeners. In case you aren't on tennis twitter in case you didn't have the chance to read statement announcing her decision. Here's how the statement goes. Hey everyone i. This isn't a situation. I ever imagined attended. When i posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament the players and my wellbeing is that i withdraw so that everyone can get back to focus on the focusing on the tennis going on in pairs. I never wanted to be a distraction. And i accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly i would never trivialize mental health or used the term lightly. The truth is that. I've suffered long bouts of depression since the us open in two thousand eighteen. And i've had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows i'm introverted. And anyone that has seen me at the tournaments will notice that. I'm often wearing headphones. As that help stole my social anxiety though the tennis press has always been kind to me. And i want to apologize especially to all the cool journalists who i may have hurt only eo. Moussaka is a classy enough individual to apologize to people when she's speaking about something so personal that's me editorializing. But again you have to praise her and her class her grace. Everything about naomi osaka reflected in the statement. I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety. Before i speak to the world's media i get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers i can so here in paris i was already feeling vulnerable an anxious so i thought it was better to exercise self care and skip the press conference.

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