to see | Mental health: ‘Athletes are human’

We often put professional athletes on a pedestal, adore them and sometimes forget that they are human, that they have moods, happy moments and lesser ones. like us. “It’s time to talk about it,” Canada women’s tennis coach, Sylvain Bruno, thinks.

Mental health can be affected in professional sports. It’s a very competitive life, and there is a lot of loneliness and mental burden that you always have to prove yourself. We’re used to seeing them at high levels, but they’re still human. It’s time to take a serious look at it,” the coach admitted in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.

The context is clearly more than favorable to the subject. It is noteworthy that the second world player Naomi Osaka withdrew after winning the first round of the prestigious Roland Garros in order to withdraw due to depressive disorders related to stress related to her sport.

I wasn’t aware of his status. Shoulders rub with Naomi during tournaments and training sessions. She is a very introverted girl, very private. She talks very little. She is very nice and we can say that she expresses herself very well on the pitch. The problem seems to be the press conferences where all the attention is on her.”

It must be said that Osaka is the highest paid female athlete of all sports. She has many sponsors and a lot of vision. In Japan, she is a star.

Are we asking too many athletes?

“That’s the debate! In tennis, lose or win, very quickly after a match, without having time to get back on your feet, you have to go against a room full of journalists. We’ve already seen that with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and many others, and it comes across That journalists go beyond the context of the meeting and end up with topics related to private life. It is worth at least to have a discussion about topics that journalists can cover”, always according to Sylvain Bruno.

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Naomi Osaka in the front

“She is very brave. Everyone noticed and agreed with her. At the US Open, every day she wore a different mask with the name of a person who was discriminated against. She really lost out to support a racist cause. She takes a stand and asserts herself.”

Although his colleagues understand his situation, the majority agree that this vision is part of the job and they are partly due to the media they have made it happen.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

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