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Osaka's Mental Health Discussion Resonates At French Open

Japan's Naomi Osaka serves against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Monday, May 23, 2022. Naomi Osaka's 2022 French Open is done following a first-round loss. The players remaining in the tournament see and hear products of her frank discussion about anxiety and depression a year ago -- from new "quiet rooms" and on-call psychiatrists at Roland Garros to a broader sense that mental health is a far-less-taboo topic than it once was. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
Japan's Naomi Osaka serves against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Monday, May 23, 2022. Naomi Osaka's 2022 French Open is done following a first-round loss. The players remaining in the tournament see and hear products of her frank discussion about anxiety and depression a year ago -- from new "quiet rooms" and on-call psychiatrists at Roland Garros to a broader sense that mental health is a far-less-taboo topic than it once was. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
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Paris (AP) -- Naomi Osaka’s 2022 French Open is over following a first-round loss. The players remaining in the tournament see and hear products of her frank discussion about anxiety and depression a year ago — from new “quiet rooms” and three on-call psychiatrists at Roland Garros to a broader sense that mental health is a far-less-taboo topic than it once was.

“I remember after I got back from France last year and having photographers follow me even at random places like the grocery store. It felt really odd and a bit overwhelming, until one day a woman came up to me and told me that by speaking up, I helped her son,” Osaka wrote in a recent email to The Associated Press. “In that moment, it did all feel worthwhile.”