Judy Murray spoke out in help of Naomi Osaka on Wednesday, saying tennis gamers confronted extraordinarily excessive calls for from the media which might develop into an “underestimated supply of stress”.
Murray, a coach and mom to three-times Grand Slam winner Andy and a number of doubles champion Jamie, stated she hoped that Osaka, who pulled out of the French Open in a row over media duties, would discover a method to be snug within the sport once more.
4-times main winner Osaka surprised the tennis world on Monday when she withdrew from Roland Garros after being fined and threatened with expulsion for refusing to face the media, saying she wanted to guard her psychological well-being. read more
The Japanese 23-year-old, who relies in Florida, has obtained the backing of her house nation, sponsors, fellow athletes and followers and was lauded for her braveness in talking about her psychological well being points.
However many tennis gamers have additionally stated they thought-about obligatory information conferences as a part of the job.
“Naomi Osaka’s press-conference boycott has divided lots of people however I discover myself coming down on her aspect,” Murray wrote in a column printed in The Telegraph on Wednesday.
“I’ve all the time felt that the media calls for on tennis gamers are extraordinarily excessive –- in all probability extra so than in another sport.
“Being afraid of dealing with the press, being tripped up by a curveball query, being trolled on social media, the lack of privateness: these public-facing parts of the job are an underestimated supply of stress,” she wrote.
“What number of younger individuals are you aware who could be snug addressing or being questioned by a roomful of very a lot older strangers?
“It is exhausting for any younger athlete, however particularly so for women. They give the impression of being up and see dozens of middle-aged males, individuals they cannot simply relate to, and who lack expertise of taking part in the sport.”
Murray stated she had taken a course in public relations to assist Andy when he struggled with media conferences.
“He wished to compete in large stadiums in entrance of big crowds, to not be requested about whether or not his shorts have been too large, or whether or not he ought to get a haircut, have a shave or smile extra typically,” the Scot added.
“She (Osaka) is considered one of a really thrilling batch of younger feminine gamers and I’m a giant fan of hers. I hope with all my coronary heart that she will be able to discover a method of feeling extra at house on this sport.
“It will be horrible if we reached the purpose the place we misplaced her to the sport.”
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