With the Osaka affair, we rediscover an old adversary of champions, depression


With “hooligan”, “doping”, “cheating”, it is one of those cursed words which sport abhors. On the occasion of the Roland Garros tournament, “depression” has just made a remarkable entry into sports news. Within days, Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka triggered two seizures.

First of all, she refused the ritual of the unbearable torture session that athletes often see in post-match press conferences during the tournament. Then faced with threats and criticism from the organization and the world of tennis, the world n ° 2 outright withdrew when she was qualified for the second round. As an explanation, she cited in a long post on social media her need for ” to protect yourself “ and “Preserve [sa] Mental Health “.

Before Osaka, Agassi, Phelps, Noah, Dominici …

This is not the first time that the new face of women’s tennis has invoked her discomfort, she claims to have known ” long episodes of depression »After his victory at the US Open 2018. Each time a champion highlights his psychological fragility, the whole world is astonished as when the swimmer with 28 Olympic medals Michael Phelps had admitted to having suffered episodes of depression. After the London Olympics in 2012, he had spent a few days in a room, alone, without being able to go out. Ditto for the tennis player André Agassi who, in “Open”, his best-selling autobiography, confessed to

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