BREAKING: Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon.
A statement from her team says: "Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year. She is taking some personal time with friends and family. She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans."
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) June 17, 2021
This is huge. After withdrawing from the French Open a few weeks back, Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon. This is obviously huge from a Tennis perspective but even bigger from a mental health awareness perspective. Darren Rovell sums up the magnitude of Osaka’s decision well:
Mark my words. In 20 years, Naomi Osaka will be known as the person who finally got the masses to understand that there is no difference between mental health and physical health.
What she is doing here by withdrawing from Wimbledon is more than she can ever win on the court. https://t.co/sxvoj01kXv
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 17, 2021
Shout out to Naomi Osaka for being the voice of those struggling with mental health. Athletes have a platform that extends greater than just about any other profession, and to see an athlete at the very top of the entire sports world being so vocal about her own struggles is going to literally change the game for all athletes in the future.
Can’t wait to watch her kick some ass in the Olympics.
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