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Let’s give it up for the black girl magic while we tie in the importance of understanding our mental health.

Four-time Grand Slam tournament winner and fellow Valley Stream native Naomi Osaki stunned tennis fans around the world when she decided to quit the French open. Ms. Osaka is the second ranked woman in tennis and at only 23 there’s pressure in her career. The New York Times stated Naomi is “not only the world’s highest-paid female athlete but also a generational star who has quickly become the most magnetic figure in tennis.”

With all the accolades she has underneath her belt the ideology of her taking some time to herself seemed fit. “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” Ms. Osaka said in an Instagram post, in which she said she struggled with depression and anxiety.

Mental illness is something that people struggle with and for her to bring it to the forefront and quitting one of the biggest torment’s speaks volumes about her character. “I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer,” she added. “The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”

The goat Venus Williams chimed in “For me personally, how I deal with it was that I know every single person asking me a question can’t play as well as I can and never will,” Williams said. “So no matter what you say or what you write, you’ll never light a candle to me. So that’s how I deal with it.” #MICDROP #PERIOID

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