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Nike Supports Naomi Osaka’s Withdrawal From French Open

Japan's Naomi Osaka holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after defeating United States Jennifer Brady in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Nike Supports Naomi Osaka’s Withdrawal From French Open Nike as well as other major brands Naomi Osaka is affiliated with are throwing their support behind the 2018 Grand Slam champion.  Osaka withdrew from the French Open citing mental health and depression. The tournament fined her $15,000 for not speaking to the media following Sunday’s match, per her contract.  Although Naomi did break her contractual obligations by not speaking to the media, big businesses such as Nike, Tag Hauer, and Mastercard all voiced their support of Osaka.  “Our thoughts are with Naomi. We support her and recognize her courage in sharing her own mental health experience,” Nike said in a statement. Overseas companies Nissin Foods, Nissan, and Nippon Airways which Osaka is either an ambassador or an investor of, also supported Naomi’s decision to pull out of the tournament.  What does it mean to you when big business supports such matters as mental health? Do you think Naomi Osaka should be obligated to talk with the media while her mental health may be unstable?


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