To a journalist at the 2022 MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, two-time Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding Chloe Kim said, “Naomi Osaka’s willingness to put herself out there has been an inspiration to so many people.” “Since many people experience mental health issues, I believe it is crucial to openly discuss the topic and remove the stigma associated with seeking help.
Seeing other elite athletes, like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka, come out and talk about their struggles was very motivating for me because I knew it was something I had struggled with as well.
Therefore, I felt the need to discuss it.” Osaka has been very forthright about the fact that she has struggled emotionally in the past. This means that the young Japanese tennis player has joined the ranks of celebrities who are bringing widespread attention to the increasingly pressing issue of mental health.
Osaka once said, “The secret to being a great athlete is having a strong mentality.”
In recent interviews, Naomi Osaka discussed a variety of topics, including her own struggles with mental health. She disclosed the following: “All of us athletes, I believe, have to deal with the pressure of both the outside world and our own expectations of ourselves to succeed.
Being honest about my struggles with my health has helped me build the kind of mental toughness that is essential for success as an athlete. Since I wasn’t alone in my thoughts, I realized that it was okay to take a break when I needed it.
Speaking up requires more willpower than remaining silent. Although I’m not quite as good as this time last year, I now feel much more at ease expressing my thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This can be challenging at times; I recall that after Roland Garros 2021, photographers and reporters even followed me around the supermarket.
It was overwhelming and strange.” In part as a result of these emotional and psychological setbacks, the former world number one has seen a dramatic decline in performance, falling from the top spot to the 38th spot in the WTA rankings as of this writing (in Japan).