The organizers of the United States Tennis Open announced the implementation of several initiatives that aim to facilitate greater support for the mental health of the players participating in the tournament.
“We recognize that ensuring players’ mental health is an area that needed to be addressed “United States Tennis Association (USTA) CEO and Executive Director Mike Dowse said in a statement.
Stacey Allaster, tournament director, said they are taking steps “to give athletes the resources they need to compete at the highest level.”
He added that awareness of the importance of mental health has gained ground “during the pandemic, when many people, including players, have faced stress and emotions as a result of Covid-19.”
“Along with the multidimensional pressures of professional sports, this new reality underscored the need to provide support for the health of the athlete in all aspects, including mental health and well-being,” added Allaster.
For this reason, a more complete medical services program has been designed in which the players have mental health professionals throughout the event, as well as silent rooms and other benefits.
Unlike 2020, this year the United States Tennis Open will be attended by the public, although only when the main draw matches begin next Monday, August 30.