The US Open will have new additions as the US Tennis Association (USTA) places more emphasis on player mental health.
The last major tennis tournament of the year will provide mental health care providers for tennis players as well as ‘quiet rooms’.
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“The medical services program for the 2021 tournament will include licensed mental health providers, giving players access to mental health services for the duration of the event,” USTA said in a statement. In addition, quiet rooms and other support services will be provided. The US Open will work closely with WTA and ATP scientific and medical staff on site to ensure that players understand the enhanced medical services available and how to access those health offerings when needed. ”
The focus comes after Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open when she received criticism for avoiding press availability. She opened up about her bouts of depression and stayed away from the sport until last month when she appeared at the Olympics for Japan.
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“The USTA and US Open are always looking for ways to work in conjunction with other Grand Slam events, ATP, WTA and ITF to provide the highest level of support to our competition.” USTA CEO and Executive Director Mike Dowse said in a statement. “We recognize that ensuring the mental health of players is an area that needed to be addressed, and we are taking formative steps to empower athletes to compete at the highest level.”
USTA Executive Director Stacey Allaster added: “The issue of mental health awareness has come to the fore during the global pandemic as many people, gamers included, have struggled with stress. and emotions resulting from COVID. -19.
“In addition to the multidimensional pressures within professional sport, this new reality has highlighted the need to provide additional resources to support all aspects of athlete health, including their mental health and well-being. We look forward to seeing how the initiatives implemented at the tournament, and in the months to come, will impact player well-being, and continue to look for ways to improve and adapt as We move forward.”
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The US Open is scheduled to start on August 30. Players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin have all dropped out of the tournament.