Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE on Wednesday applauded Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka’s courage amid the controversy surrounding her withdrawal from the French Open.
Osaka announced Monday that she was walking away from Roland-Garros to focus on her mental health after being fined $15,000 for refusing to speak to the press after winning her first-round match.
Clinton said on Twitter that she is "inspired" by Osaka and that it's time "to ask why it’s not enough to let her stellar performance on the court speak for itself.”
I’m inspired by @NaomiOsaka’s courage. This is a moment for all of us—especially the press—to ask why it’s not enough to let her stellar performance on the court speak for itself.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 2, 2021
Osaka, 23, announced last week that she wouldn't be speaking with the media at the French Open. The world No. 2 said at the time that she felt people have “no regard” for the mental health of athletes.
“I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one,” she said in a post on social media.
Fellow tennis star Serena Williams expressed support for Osaka on Monday, saying it’s important to let her deal with her mental health the way she sees fit.
"Everyone is different and handles things differently," Williams said. "You just have to let her handle it the way she wants to, in the best way she thinks she can, and that's the only thing I can say. I think she's doing the best that she can.”
Nike, which sponsors Osaka, also threw support behind her, saying in a statement, "Our thoughts are with Naomi. We support her and recognize her courage in sharing her own mental health experience.”