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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.
Novak Djokovic was one of the lucky ones, sitting out quarantine in Adelaide and with greater freedom to train than tennis players isolating in Melbourne. Morgan Sette/AAP Image

Self-entitled prima donnas or do they have a point? Why Australian Open tennis players find hard lockdown so tough

Nobody likes a whinger. But when you're used to having an entourage, and being feted around the world, things can get tough when you don't get your own way.
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios was sentenced to six months of probation following several controversial events and an ‘aggravated pattern of behaviours’. EPA/Jason Szenes

Nick Kyrgios on probation: can controversial athletes sell a sport or are they bad for the business?

As Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios begins his probationary period this week for a pattern of bad behaviour and foul language, his value to sponsors and the sport of tennis remains high.
Bianca Andreescu serves to Serena Williams during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships, on her way to making Canadian history. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Andreescu’s meteoric rise shows what happens when we value women’s sport

Bianca Andreescu's success provides an example of how to cover women’s sport and promote the athletic achievement of female athletes with hype and enthusiasm.

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