Cori Gauff has complimented Naomi Osaka for disclosing her struggles with mental health, believing that by doing so, the Japanese athlete has in some ways assisted other athletes. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, spoke candidly about her struggles with depression and anxiety during the French Open in 2017.
Osaka has since emerged as one of the leading defenders of athletes’ mental health. Being candid about her mental health concerns helped others open up and seek assistance. Osaka is one of the most well-known female athletes in the world.
According to Gauff, “seeing her with mental health inspired a lot of athletes take a step back and understand that it’s OK to put certain things above our sport.” We were probably accustomed to being informed that was incorrect.
It was encouraging to see her and Simone Biles prioritize mental wellness. She represents tennis and our sport well, and I’m happy about it. I enjoy seeing her every time. I advised her to keep doing what she was doing after I fell short against her in Cincinnati (the previous year).
On her social activism, Gauff
One of the best tennis players in America, Gauff, acknowledged that she felt “nervous” before discussing the Black Lives Matter movement in public.
One of the first tennis players to discuss Black Lives Matter on social media was Gauff. She recalled talking to her father before posting and how anxious he was for her to share anything online.
You’re aware that tennis is a sport played mostly by white people. Gauff and Osaka are beginning their summer campaigns on hard courts this week in San Jose at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. Gauff, 18, is making her San Jose hard court debut. Gauff, who is ranked eleventh, will face Anhelina Kalinina in the opening round.