Emma Raducanu delivers true feelings over Naomi Osaka skipping press conferences

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Emma Raducanu has given her full backing to fellow tennis star Naomi Osaka amid her mental health struggles. The Japanese player has revealed she plans to take an indefinite break from the sport she loves following her exit from the US Open.

Osaka’s struggles have been well-documented in recent times, and she took a brief break from tennis after the French Open earlier this year to focus on her mental health.

Osaka in fact withdrew from the French Open after refusing to show up at a mandatory press conferences as she wanted to look after her own mental health, which led to the world number three receiving a controversial fine from tournament organisers.

The four-time major champion returned for the Olympics and US Open having also missed Wimbledon but she has decided to take a break again to get away from the spotlight.

And Raducanu, speaking in the October edition of Vogue as her incredible journey is just taking off, insisted she fully supports Osaka’s decision to skip her media duties, and backed her after withdrawing from the French Open to look after herself.

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“If that’s the best thing for her health, mental health and well-being then I think that that’s the right thing to do.

“Because at the end of the day, you’re on this journey alone, no matter how many people are in your corner.”

Raducanu has risen to fame in remarkable fashion herself and is looking to follow in the footsteps of Osaka.

The British teen sensation has incredibly followed up her breakthrough success at Wimbledon with a run to the US Open quarter-finals, where she will meet Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.

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The 18-year-old’s US Open adventure has been made even more spectacular by the fact that she had to go through qualifiers to reach the main draw at Flushing Meadows.

Many were unsure how she would fare after her Wimbledon exploits, but she has answered any questions emphatically.

it was a difficult ending for her at Wimbledon, where she burst onto the scene by reaching the fourth round only before being forced to retire citing breathing difficulties against Ajla Tomljanovic.

After her retirement, many – including Piers Morgan and John McEnroe – questioned her mental toughness but England football star Marcus Rashford was one of many who leapt to her defence on social media afterwards.

And Raducanu has since opened up on Rashford’s support, admitting his words were ‘very comforting’.

Raducanu said: “[It was] very comforting in that moment.

“I was feeling like I let people down, so for him to reassure me like that – I was extremely grateful.”

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