Naomi Osaka will take part in the 2022 French Open grand slam this year, as in 2021 she has pulled out from the tournament due to mental health problems. At Friday's press conference she took a big step and said she is ready to tackle the challenges ahead.
"I usually think I'm fine,” she said
In a media interview last year, she said, that she has undergone a “big wave of anxiety ". After winning her first round, she stopped performing media and was fined $ 15,000, and then she left the tournament. She faced mental health issues not only in 2021, but she has suffered from chronic depression since she won the 2018 US Open, Osaka shared on Instagram. Further, she also revealed that she experiences social anxiety, which is the reason she wears the headphones during the tournaments.
On Friday, press conference, Osaka admitted there were a few things that made her a little worried about her return, but she hoped she could handle them. One of those concerns is unfriendly fans. Osaka collapsed after being abused in Indiana Wells earlier this year. She still remembers that.
"Of course, I'm still thinking about it and preparing for it in case I'm on the pitch and the fans say something like Indian Wells," she said.