Nike (NKE) has come out in support of tennis celebrity Naomi Osaka after her decision to withdraw in the French Open.
The sport apparel giant — that signed a sponsorship deal with Osaka at 2019 — applauded the athlete in an announcement Monday for opening up on her battle with depression.
“Our thoughts are with Naomi. We encourage her and realize her courage in sharing her own psychological health encounter,” Nike said.
Osaka’s decision to pull out of this contest came following the championship, also known as Roland-Garros, fined her $15,000 for not talking to the press after she won her first round game on Sunday.Citing psychological health reasons, the four-time big winner declared on Twitter past Wednesday she wouldn’t take part in any information conferences at the championship. Announcing her subsequent decision to draw, she disclosed that she has”suffered long bouts of melancholy” because winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018.
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Nike wasn’t the sole host to issue a statement in support of Osaka. Nissin Foods, a Japanese company known for its instant noodles, also published a concept of solidarity.