Bob Swanson examines the different reactions Naomi Osaka (mental health) and Roger Federer (knee issues) received after dropping out of the French Open, and offers some considerations for construction employers regarding mental health
“A Tale of Two Stories” – Bob Swanson examines the different reactions Naomi Osaka (mental health) and Roger Federer (knee issues) received after dropping out of the French Open and offers some considerations for construction employers
The public reaction to these two tennis players was significantly different. There was a public outcry when Naomi Osaka did not attend a post-match news conference (citing her mental health concerns). She was fined $15,000 and threatened with suspension from future events. Tournament officials conveyed no concern for her mental health publicly.
Recently, the world of professional tennis had two different stories with substantially different public reactions regarding health issues: one mental and one physical. On Monday, May 31, Naomi Osaka announced she was bowing out of tennis’ French Open because she was having difficulty coping with her mental health issues of anxiety and depression. She said she needed time for herself to cope with those issues. On Sunday, June 6, Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open stating he needed some rest and did not want to cause additional physical strain after recuperating from two knee surgeries.