Episode 2056: Naomi Osaka, The Mental Health Of Pro Athletes And The Future Of The Player-Media Relationship with Caitlin Thompson & Richie Sadlier
Richie Sadlier is a psychotherapist, pundit, and ex-professional athlete and Caitlin Thompson, as the best tennis journalist around, has kept a close eye on Naomi Osaka for the last few years; so they’re the ideal pair to talk to about Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open, citing her mental health, a history of depression and anxiety, and the toll of dealing with post-match press conferences.
We look at why this story could have huge repercussions for attitudes to mental health, for athletes, for tournament organisers, for media access and the role sports journalists will play in the future.
If this Osaka debacle teaches tennis anything, let it be to not EFF with these kids
— Caitlin (@caitlin_thomps) May 31, 2021
Elsewhere, with Carlo Ancelotti making his way back to Real Madrid, how should Everton fans feel about his departure? Has his tenure been a classic case of overpromise and underdeliver?
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