Alize Lim: Naomi Osaka helped other athletes be more open about mental health

12 months ago, Osaka opened up about her battle with anxiety and depression.

by Dzevad Mesic
Alize Lim: Naomi Osaka helped other athletes be more open about mental health

Alize Lim thinks Naomi Osaka opening up about mental health has helped other players talk more freely about their mental health struggles. At the 2021 French Open, Osaka opened up about her battle with depression and anxiety.

Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete in the world and seeing her open up about mental health struggles helped others athletes open up about their personal struggles. “I think honestly people feel open to talk about it thanks to Naomi Osaka,” Lim said on Eurosport.

“The way that she opened up about it last year at the French Open and during the whole season really helped other players to talk about it. If the world number one or someone who won Grand Slams is doing it then it’s OK for me to do it.

So it’s really positive that she can open up about it and maybe somehow they can get help with it and be less ashamed of it and maybe be treated in a better way to improve”.

Lim praises Osaka, Martina Trevisan

Trevisan, who was beaten by Cori Gauff in the French Open semifinal, revealed an eating disorder in 2020.

Two years later, Trevisan is healthy and playing the best tennis of her career. “I think it’s openly spoken about between players but not to people outside because it’s very personal," Lim said. "Am I worried about it? It depends on each person personally but I’m not surprised in a way.

I at times had some eating disorders when I was playing because there is so much pressure and you do not feel you are controlling anything that you are doing because you want to give everything all the time. You’re travelling, you’re sacrificing a lot but at the end of the day you lose every week most of the time and it’s always something tough on you”.

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