American tennis star Danielle Collins has applauded Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu for speaking out about mental health and raising awareness of the importance of good mental health.
Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open last year and has opened up about her struggles with depression and anxiety. Since then, Ella Osaka has become a huge advocate for the mental health of athletes.
Andreescu, who won her first Grand Slam title at the 2019 US Open, announced in December that she would not play in Melbourne. In a social media post of her own, Andreescu discussed some of her struggles and said that she needed time to work on herself.
“I think in the last couple of years we’ve seen a lot more conversation about mental health and it’s great to see more players talking about it and being honest because I think from an outside perspective, tennis is a very exciting and glamorous world that we’re in. seems to live and it’s not always like that,” Collins told Eurosport.
Collins: We’ve all been through tough times.
According to Collins, everyone goes through difficult times, but some people keep quiet and don’t want to talk about it. The fact that Osaka and Andreescu were open about some of their issues may have helped someone open up and seek help.
“I think we all have things to deal with. And I think any time people can be open and honest about what they’re going through, it can help someone who’s really struggling,” Collins added.
“So I admire these two women for prioritizing that aspect and for agreeing to share their experience in such a genuine way. I admire them for that, but also for the game they play, for the way they fight on the court, for the incredible athletic they are and the successes they’ve achieved. I think we’ll have a good fight between us.”