Emma Raducanu has given her full support to fellow tennis star Naomi Osaka amid her mental health issues. The Japanese player has revealed that she plans to take an indefinite hiatus from the sport she loves following her exit from the US Open.
Osaka’s struggles have been well documented lately, and she took a brief hiatus from tennis after the French Open earlier this year to focus on her sanity.
Osaka in fact withdrew from Roland Garros after refusing to show up to a mandatory press conference because she wanted to take care of her own mental health, which led to the world number three being fined controversially from the organizers. of the tournament.
The four-time major champion returned for the Olympics and the US Open after also missing Wimbledon, but decided to take a break again to get away from the spotlight.
And Raducanu, speaking in the October edition of Vogue as her incredible journey only takes off, insisted that she fully supports Osaka’s decision to step down from her media duties, and l ‘supported after withdrawing from Roland-Garros to take care of herself.
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After his retirement, many – including Piers Morgan and John McEnroe – questioned his mental toughness, but England football star Marcus Rashford was one of many who later spoke up for him on social media.
And Raducanu has since opened up to Rashford’s support, admitting his words were “very heartwarming.”
Raducanu said: “[It was] very heartwarming right now.
“I felt like I was letting people down, as he reassured me like that – I was extremely grateful.”