Tennis legend Boris Becker worries that Naomi Osaka’s admission of depression and anxiety poses a big problem to her being able to deal with what many top-level athletes deal with.
Boris Becker, a six-time Grand Slam champion, believes Naomi Osaka’s career is at risk due to her mental health issues.
As a result of a controversy surrounding Osaka’s refusal to address the media after matches, the 23-year-old withdrew from the French Open on Monday.
Osaka, who recently won the 2018 U.S. Open in Atlanta, announced her withdrawal on Monday, stating that she had decided to withdraw to avoid the stand-off becoming a distraction.
In the days preceding the French Open, she announced her media boycott on the grounds that it was harmful to her mental well-being.
Her admission of depression and anxiety has resulted in widespread support from the tennis world and beyond, but Becker worries she won’t be able to handle the stresses of in-demand tennis.
As an analyst with Eurosport, where Becker works, Becker told Eurosport that the young woman’s response about the media boycott should be taken seriously.
After she lost a match, she couldn’t handle the pressure of facing the media, but that happens frequently and you have to deal with it.
According to him, “if she cannot cope with the press in Paris, it’s unlikely she will be able to cope with the press in Wimbledon or at the U.S. Open.” This makes him believe her career could be at risk due to mental health issues.
World number two Naomi Osaka has announced that she will step away from tennis for a while but hopes to work with the sport’s authorities to establish a better environment.