NAOMI OSAKA was the example case, which is why Phelps spoke out about his own mental illness once again this year. It was a "game-changer" that Japan's tennis superstar had been open about her depression with her social media reach o, Phelps thinks. Osaka, ranked No. 2 in the world in women's tennis, had dropped out of the French Open in late May, making her mental health issues public. According to the report, she has been suffering from depression since the US Open in 2018. The situation had escalated because Osaka did not want to talk to the press in Paris - she accused the media of having no regard for the mental health of athletes. The beauty of her case - the reactions to the move were expressions of encouragement. "I just want to thank you guys for all the love," she wrote on Instagram. It seemed promising when Osaka then reported back to compete at the Olympics. All of Japan was hoping for its tennis superstar - but the 23-year-old failed early and significantly. "I've never been to the Olympics before and I felt there was a lot of pressure on me here," Osaka said, explaining her failure. In doing so, she sounded more than helpless. She didn't know "how to deal with all the expectations, including my own, of course".
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