Naomi Osaka: Opening the Way

Professional sports have never been there to care for the players that bring them such large amounts of money and attention; from the chronic traumatic encephalopathy in professional football to severely underpaying the WNBA and the Women’s National Soccer Team. Aspects of athletics that are not frequently in the conversation are physical health, aftereffects of a professional career, or work-life balance, let alone the mental health of current athletes in their prime. Recently, tennis star Naomi Osaka has been the feature of news due to her refusal to do press for the French Open, and her ultimate withdrawal from the tournament and announcement of a hiatus from the sport.

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