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Naomi Osaka isn't the only elite athlete to struggle with mental health – here's how sport should move forward

By Andrea Scott-Bell, Senior Lecturer Sociology of Sport/Sport Development, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Isobelle Kennedy, PhD Researcher, Northumbria University, Newcastle
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Naomi Osaka, world number two tennis player, is the latest in a long line of elite athletes to open up about their mental health struggles.

After dropping out of the French Open, Osaka indicated in a statement that her decision not to participate in press conferences during the tournament was to protect herself from the detrimental impact that facing media scrutiny had on her mental health.

Unsurprisingly, her decision has led…


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