Naomi Osaka, despite her young age, has always shown her courage and supported the weakest people in some important social battles. The Japanese champion, for example, was one of the athletes in the front row in the struggle carried out by the Black Lives Matter movement, an international activist movement committed to the fight against racism.
This time, however, Osaka has decided to take the side of her colleagues and colleagues to bring the issue of mental health to the surface in the world of sports. Precisely for this reason, the player born in 1997 has decided that she will not take part in any press conference during the Roland Garros 2021 and explained her reasons for her on her social channels.
"Hello everyone, I hope you are well. I am writing to inform you that I will not attend any press conferences during Roland Garros. I realized, participating or being the protagonist of these events, that very often people have no respect for the mental health of athletes.
Often we are asked the same questions dozens of times, on other occasions we athletes are asked questions that insinuate heavy doubts in our minds and crack our certainties. I myself, and I guess you too, have seen images of players being destroyed during interviews after a bad defeat.
Here I think it's like kicking a person already on the ground. I have excellent relationships with many journalists, but if the organization thinks it will change my mind with the threats of a fine, thinking it may ignore the mental health of its athletes, well I have a good laugh.
And I hope that the money from my fines will be donated to some body that deals with mental health." We recall that at the Roland Garros 2021 Osaka was drawn in the lower part of the board being the seeded number two and which will face Patricia Maria at the debut.
Tig. Tennis players of the caliber Marketa Vondrousova, Belinda Bencic, Bianca Andreescu, Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams were then included in the same portion of the draw.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams will play Wimbledon 2021
Compared to previous years, the pandemic has brought about several changes, tennis players will not be able to rent the typical private houses near the tournament, but they will all have to stay in the official hotel.
The Entry List of Wimbledon 2021 includes all the top 10 in the world with Roger Federer starting from number 8, just ahead of the blue tennis player Matteo Berrettini. To decipher the situation relating to the top positions with Novak Djokovic currently ahead of the Russian Daniil Medvedev and with the king of clay and twenty-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal in third position.
In the male Entry List, made up of 104 athletes, there are 9 Italians. Guide Matteo Berrettini to number 9, immediately followed by the young blue talent Jannik Sinner who will be seeded and who for the first time will tread the green fields of Wimbledon.
Then there are Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini, Stefano Travaglia, Salvatore Caruso, Gianluca Mager, Lorenzo Musetti and Andreas Seppi complete the list. In the women's draw stands out the presence of Serena Williams, among the favorites and with all the fans curious to understand if the American will win the 24th career Grand Slam title, thus reaching the record of Billie Jean King.
In addition also Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, pay attention on this surface also to Aryna Sabalenka, Karolina Pliskova and the American Jennifer Brady. The clay court season is not over and we could say that its main tournament is missing, which will start next week but the men's and women's Entry List of the 2021 edition of the Wimbledon tournament, the third Slam of the year, has been published in the last few hours.
. There is great anticipation for this tournament, especially this year, given that last year Wimbledon was canceled due to the Pandemic and also because this could be the last time to see Roger Federer at work at Wimbledon.
The Swiss tennis player, on the threshold of 40 years, dreams of the great enterprise, but with the passing of months (and years) this appears increasingly difficult. Compared to Roland Garros it seems that everyone will be there at Wimbledon and we will see the return to the circuit of both Nick Kyrgios (absent in Paris) and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka.