Novak Djokovic (1st) spoke at a press conference in Roland Garros after his victory over Tennys Sandgren (66th) and spoke in favor of Naomi Osaka (2nd), who withdrew from the contest after a controversy with the media due to her mental health.
“I support her. I think she was very brave to do that (withdraw from the tournament). I am very sorry that she is going through painful times and that she has psychological pain. I hope she recovers. She is a very important player and brand for our sport.” declared number one in the world ranking.
He also expressed that “She knows how it feels better. If she needs to take time to think and recharge, you know, that’s what she had to do, and I fully respect that.” Not only did Djokovic support the Japanese, but so did Serena Williams, athlete Mo Farah, and basketball player Steph Curry.