Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig at the French Open. She withdrew from the tournament following her win. Photo: AFP Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig at the French Open. She withdrew from the tournament following her win. Photo: AFP
Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig at the French Open. She withdrew from the tournament following her win. Photo: AFP
Kate Whitehead
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Opinion

Kate Whitehead

Game, set and match Osaka – tennis player has sparked an overdue conversation about stars’ mental health

  • French Open organisers chose not to listen to Naomi Osaka’s message about mental health, but plenty of others have since her walkout from the tournament
  • Their refusal to heed her request to skip post-match media duties has got fans, fellow athletes and sponsors talking about the issue

Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig at the French Open. She withdrew from the tournament following her win. Photo: AFP Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig at the French Open. She withdrew from the tournament following her win. Photo: AFP
Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig at the French Open. She withdrew from the tournament following her win. Photo: AFP
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Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a journalist and author of two Hong Kong crime books, After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders. She is also a qualified psychotherapist and recently won the MIND Media Award for the second consecutive year.