The United States Tennis Association (USTA) on Tuesday announced a mental health measure for players, with the main draw set to begin next week at the US Open.
The Flushing Meadows competition will have access to the tournament’s “comprehensive medical services program,” including access to mental health providers and “quiet rooms” on site, the USTA said in a written statement.
The US Open tournament, “The issue of mental health awareness has been raised during the global epidemic, as many individuals, including athletes, are struggling with the stress and emotions that come with being a coward.” Open tournament director Stacey Alastair said.
The end of the year is important as mental health has become a hot topic in sports.
World No. 2 Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open in May, sparking a controversy with tournament organizers over mandatory media appearances, which she said put undue pressure on players. Is. She later revealed that she had been suffering from depression for years.
The organizers of the French Open later acknowledged that they could improve the mental health of the players.
Osaka is expected to play in the US Open.
The issue was again at the forefront of the Tokyo Olympics, when four-time gold medalist gymnast Simon Byles withdrew from several events, garnering worldwide support, citing the need to focus on his mental health.
Brian Henline, first vice president of USTA and professor of neurology at Indiana University and New York University, said he hopes the program will increase access to mental health care.
“Our goal is to make mental health services available to athletes as twisted ankle services – and without any stigma,” Han Lane said. “We will provide an environment that promotes well-being.”