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'Do better': Tennis star Naomi Osaka claps back at newswoman Megyn Kelly's mean girl tweets

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Naomi Osaka has had enough of Megyn Kelly’s mean girl tweets.

The tennis champ blocked the news anchor after Kelly criticized her for appearing on major magazine covers following her public withdrawal from the French Open and then Wimbledon after refusing to do press on the grounds that it compromised her mental health. Osaka was fined $15,...Read more

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Mac Engel: Wimbledon shows, again, men's tennis in the United States is irrelevant

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DALLAS — While the American women clean up in tennis, their male counterparts look decidedly Canadian.

It has been so long since an American man has broached the pinnacle of sport, we have literally forgotten about tennis, and that’s a disaster for the state of the game here.

You need one name, and we don’t have any.

The last highlight ...Read more

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Naomi Osaka says she felt pressured into revealing her mental health struggles

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Naomi Osaka says she felt "a great amount of pressure" to reveal her struggle with mental health issues earlier this year during an ordeal that led to her withdrawing from the French Open and taking a temporary break from the sport.

The 23-year-old tennis star wrote in a first-person account for Time magazine about the series of events that ...Read more

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Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon, plans to compete in Olympics; Nadal skips both

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LOS ANGELES — Naomi Osaka, the No.-2 ranked female tennis player in the world, has withdrawn from Wimbledon but intends to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, her representatives said in a statement issued Thursday.

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam tournament winner, pulled out of this year's French Open after saying she had experienced anxiety ...Read more

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Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon but says she'll be ready for the Olympics

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Naomi Osaka’s mental health breather will last a little bit longer.

The tennis star announced Thursday that she’ll be skipping Wimbledon, just weeks after pulling out of the French Open and declaring she needed some time for herself.

“She is taking some personal time with friends and family,” her team said in a statement.

But the four...Read more

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Chris Jones: Naomi Osaka's protest will succeed -- because celebrity is changing fast

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CHICAGO — One night before the pandemic, I watched a famous Broadway star generously spend a half-hour or so greeting fans outside the theater. As we stood on the sidewalk, I remarked upon the warm post-show scene to a friend of mine who works in the talent business. “It’s so nice of him to do that,” I said. “He must be so tired.”

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Helen Ubiñas: Naomi Osaka did what many women of color have to do: choose themselves, at a cost

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PHILADELPHIA — Naomi Osaka dumped the press and the French Open. And just like the spurned often do, neither dealt well with it at first.

Or had any clue about what it takes for a woman of color to prioritize her sanity and safety, or how she’s often professionally punished for setting boundaries by the very people and institutions ...Read more

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LA Times columnists talk Naomi Osaka, mental health, the media and seeing athletes 'as humans'

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LOS ANGELES — Naomi Osaka's initial decision to skip French Open news conferences and her later withdrawal from the tournament due to her battle with depression and anxiety sparked international debate about the role of media and athletes' mental health.

Los Angeles Times columnists Helene Elliott, LZ Granderson, Dylan Hernández and Bill ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Why Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the French Open is a curious, complicated controversy

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MIAMI — As a vital starting point: When someone tells you they struggle with depression, do not doubt them. I know folks who do. It is a mental health condition both invisible and real.

So when tennis star Naomi Osaka wrote on her Instagram this week, “I have suffered long bouts of depression ever since the U.S. Open in 2018” — even ...Read more

Ed Clendaniel: Naomi Osaka French Open fiasco offers crucial message for parents, players

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Naomi Osaka’s shocking exit from the French Open provides a case study on how not to deal with young athletes struggling with depression.

It also should serve as a wakeup call for parents and coaches who are increasingly putting undue pressure on young athletes at the expense of their mental health.

I played high school and college tennis ...Read more

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Patrick Reusse: In defense of Osaka -- and sportswriters

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MINNEAPOLIS — This was the dawn of the 1970s and the underdog sports staff in St. Paul produced coverage for both the morning Pioneer Press and the afternoon Dispatch.

There was an executive sports editor, but the Pioneer Press sports editor basically ran the staff. Ken Murphy had that task, and was known for long hours.

When he showed up in...Read more

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Mardy Fish offers support to Naomi Osaka. He's been on his own mental health journey.

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LOS ANGELES — Tennis star Naomi Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion at age 23. She also suffers from depression and anxiety.

On Monday, Osaka withdrew from the French Open and announced she was stepping away from the sport for an undisclosed amount of time, a decision she said she made in part for her own mental health.

Retired tennis ...Read more

Stephen Curry, other stars show support for Naomi Osaka

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Many of Naomi Osaka’s fellow sports stars, including Stephen Curry, rushed to support her after she withdrew from the French Open because of her admitted struggles with depression and social anxiety.

After Osaka was fined $15,000 by tournament organizers for not making herself available for mandatory interviews Sunday, the four-time Grand ...Read more

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'So damn impressive': Celebrities stand with Naomi Osaka after French Open exit

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LOS ANGELES — Athletes, actors and other prominent figures came out swinging on behalf of Naomi Osaka this week after the Japanese tennis champion withdrew from the French Open to prioritize her mental health.

Among the many who voiced their support for Osaka over the holiday weekend were basketball stars Steph Curry and Lisa Leslie, as well ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Naomi Osaka needs empathy and help, not condemnation for showing strength

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LOS ANGELES — Naomi Osaka needs help, not condemnation.

She needs empathy, not iron-fisted Grand Slam tournament executives threatening to bar her from tennis' most prestigious events.

Osaka's disclosure she has suffered bouts of depression since she defeated Serena Williams in an emotionally charged 2018 U.S. Open final blew wide the prison...Read more

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Naomi Osaka says she will withdraw from French Open

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka, whose declaration last week that she would skip news conferences at the French Open in order to protect her mental health stirred impassioned debates over whether athletes' customary post-competition media obligations harmed their emotional well-being, said Monday she would withdraw from the prestigious tournament in ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Why Naomi Osaka's news conference boycott is a major tennis talking point

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LOS ANGELES — When nine women rebelled against the sexism and meager pay that prevailed in professional tennis and formed their own tour in 1970, they turned to the media to publicize their cause. In addition to making appearances at shopping centers and tennis clubs, they'd meet with sports editors at newspapers in each city they visited and ...Read more

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka won't speak to media at French Open in deference to 'mental health'

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Citing a lack of concern for athletes’ mental health, tennis star Naomi Osaka of Japan said Thursday she would not be participating in press conferences or speaking to media during the French Open.

“I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes’ mental health, and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or ...Read more

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UCLA tennis standout Abbey Forbes draws strength from her brother's adversity

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LOS ANGELES — Every day before practice at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, Abbey Forbes calls her mother in North Carolina. The UCLA sophomore wants to say good morning to her brother.

Luke, 16, doesn't often say much back. His speech is limited by autism. But on one May morning, Luke said even less than normal. He was in the hospital.

Luke ...Read more