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Venus Williams 'Drops The Mic' With Fierce Take On Naomi Osaka

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02.06.2021

Venus Williams seemed to take the cake on Tuesday with her response to the uproar surrounding Naomi Osaka’s press boycott at the French Open.

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, withdrew from the tournament on Monday, revealing that she’s dealt with long bouts of depression since 2018 as well as “huge waves of anxiety” that can be triggered by speaking to the press.

A day earlier, the 23-year-old was fined £10,000 for skipping a mandatory post-match press conference after her first-round victory, and all four Grand Slam tournaments threatened to disqualify or suspend her if she missed more.

Osaka had announced prior to the competition that she would not speak to the press in order to protect her mental health. That decision has ignited a debate about the professional sports world’s approach to mental health and athlete well-being in the face of intense pressure and scrutiny.

During a press conference after her first-round loss to Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, Williams........

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