Naomi Osaka’s sudden exit from the French Open marked the first time a major tennis star walked out of a major tournament without a visible injury. The reason she departed was more surprising still — a concern for her mental health. “The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open and I have had a really hard time coping with that,” she said in an Instagram post. While other athletes have spoken out about similar issues, none of them sparked a conversation this wide. Said one sports psychologist: ”This is a big opportunity.”
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