Paris—Saying that her decision was taken with the hope of inspiring the next generation of players, Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open on Monday for the mental health of her opponents. “It’s time for me to take a step back from the depression that plagued my opponents with this game,” Osaka said. so that they can focus on their own self-care. “I know how hard it is to lose as a top-order player and I can never hurt Ashley [Barty]. Those who don’t respect my decision obviously never played against me and were then subjected to a press conference afterwards. It takes a toll on your self-esteem.” At press time, the Grand Slam tournament helders announced plans to consider permanently banning Osaka for the sake of the sport.
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