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“Mental Health Is Not A Joke”: Hamilton Defends Naomi Osaka

Formula champion, Sir Lewis Hamilton, has drummed support for Naomi Osaka, after the tennis star opted to withdraw from the French Open due to press controversies.

Osaka made the decision after being fined for skipping a post-match press conference in Paris.

Osaka cited concerns over her mental health with regards to the media, saying “Here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences.”

Taking to Twitter, Hamilton defended Osaka, saying “Mental health is not a joke, this is real and serious. This takes a lot of courage to do. Let’s all make sure Naomi knows she’s not alone. Today is a good day to check and ask your friends and loved ones how they are doing and let them know they are not alone.”

Osaka had been warned by tournament organisers that she faced more stringent sanctions after being fined $15,000 for skipping a press conference over the weekend, before choosing to withdraw from the tournament entirely as she explained that she has suffered from long bouts of depression.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: RN 365 | Media Agencies

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