India women’s Test and ODI skipper Mithali Raj on Tuesday said that she has never felt the wish to forego a press convention as she understands that women’s cricket at this time needs media reinforce. Mithali’s remarks came as tennis player Naomi Osaka on Monday pulled out of the ongoing dressing Open to look after her mental health. There was once a immense fallout after the tennis star had made up our minds to boycott press conferences all through the ongoing Grand Slam. “Personally, I have not felt that I must forgo a press convention because women’s cricket at this time where it stands, it needs media reinforce and it’s important for players also to sort of try and help in the growth of the sport. So we need to check out to raise the sport,” said Mithali all through a virtual press convention.
Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif on Tuesday said that players across sports must be allowed to keep away from media whether that helps in ensuring better mental health.
“It is high time we acknowledge the issue of mental health in sports. More so in individual sports. In cricket, a coach or a senior player could be a backup option for a captain but not in tennis. Let’s be touchy, players in their weak moments must be allowed to keep away from the media,” tweeted Kaif.
Amidst the ongoing controversy regarding her decision to boycott press conferences at the dressing Open, Japanese tennis player Osaka on Monday announced that she is withdrawing herself from the tournament.
In a remark released on Twitter, Osaka said: “Hey everyone, this is not a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a couple of days ago. I think now the most efficient object for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw in order that everyone can get back to specializing in the tennis going on in Paris.
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was once not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.
“The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the USA Open in 2018 and I have had a actually tough time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows I’m introverted, and anyone that has seen me at the tournaments will notice that I’m frequently wearing headphones as that helps stupid my social anxiety.
“Though the tennis press has all the time been type to me (and I wanna apologize particularly to all of the cool journalists who I may have hurt), It’s not that i am a natural public speaker and get immense waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media.
“I am getting actually nervous and find it stressful to all the time try to engage and provide the best answers I will be able to.”
Final week, Osaka had said that she would not be taking part in press conferences all through the dressing Open as a way to ensure better mental health.
Osaka defeated Patricia Maria Tig 6-4, 7-6(4) on the opening day of the tournament on Sunday.
With this victory, Osaka also extended her winning streak at the Grand Slams to 15 matches in a row.
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