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Naomi Osaka keeps her eye on the ball as she prepares to serve. Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua via Getty Images

Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open highlights how prioritizing mental wellness goes against the rules, on the court and off

The high-profile athlete's struggles raise questions about society's views on mental health, as well as the effects of race, gender and fame on well-being.
Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus returns the ball to Simona Halep of Romania during their semifinal tennis match of the women’s singles WTA Tour Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany in April 2021. (Marijan Murat/Pool via AP)

French Open postponement serves as latest example of tennis players’ struggles during COVID-19

The governing bodies of professional tennis need to do more to prioritize athlete well-being — and there's no better time to start than now.

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