the news hit with shock effect.
two shocking news items in 5 days.

and around the world
every follower of the up-and-coming young, lady lawn-tennis player
Naomi Osaka
was
( ..
and has been .. )
thrown into
a
state of absolute worry and despairing? dismay.

i mean ..
there had been a hope that Naomi Osaka might win
the Ladies Single’s title i.e the Ladies Single’s Cup →→►►

( … the USA in it’s own strange? Use of English i.e
in it’s own strange? Use of the English Language
somewhat different from
International English and the English ( United Kingdom / Britain ) Grammar calls that
the Women’s Singles title and/or the Women’s Singles Cup … )


→→►►at this year’s ( 2021 A.D )
French Open Lawn-Tennis Competition / Tournament
also sometimes called
the Roland-Garros  Competition / Tournament  

or

at least get into

the Finals
or
the Semi-Finals
or
the Group of 16 ( .. by the way, is that the Quarter-Finals ?? )

and so

her followers were keen to see how the tournament would go
and
to see how well she would fare in the competition.

would other champions be there ?

who among all these lady lawn-tennis champions would win ?

and then came a stunning bolt from right out of the blue[s].

on May 26, 2021
social media e.g twitter, facebook ,
carried a post by the lady Naomi Osaka
in which she indicated
that :

[a] she has mental health issues

[b] as a result of this mental health issues

and
the impact the press conferences have on her mental health,

[c] she would be opting out of the press events at the
2021 French Open / 2021 Roland Garros Lawn-Tennis Competition.


[d] she would be doing this
although she knows that
there is a rule? in the Lawn-Tennis World that says :

“ players either do the press conferences or pay a fine ”

[e] in the circumstances,
she has
… ahead of the competition taking-off / beginning …
chosen to pay the fine
and
miss the press conferences
in an effort to
safe-guard and protect her mental health.


hello ?
what’s going on ?
what’s going on in the Lawn-Tennis World ?


let’s get the issues straight.
and the issues here are that :

(❶) ◙ there is a lawn-tennis event about to take off.

and

(❷) ◙ a player says she has mental health issues

and

(❸) ◙ that because of the mental health issues
she’d rather fore-go the press conferences there i.e

at the upcoming Lawn-Tennis event
but

(❹) ◙ she can’t do that
with-out receiving a penalty
even inspite of her mental health condition
and
the likely? possible? negative impact of such press conferences
on her mental health →→►►

( a perception probably derived from
the experience[s] of seeing lawn-tennis players in tears
after
press conferences


and

perhaps possibly also
from her own personal previous experiences
although this is not
so transparently stated )

→→►► because
(❺) ◙ the Lawn-Tennis World

has some procedures / rules / practices that say :

“ players either do the press conferences or pay a fine ”

worrisome.
very worrisome.


un-healthy.
very un-healthy.

is the Lawn-Tennis World a third world Military Dictatorship ???

or some sort of

oppressive, inconsiderate, bullying, authoritarian structure ???

according to wikipedia : The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing body of world tennis, wheelchair tennis, and beach tennis.  The ITF partners with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to govern professional tennis.
according to wikipedia : The Women’s Tennis Association ( WTA ) is the principal organizing body of women’s professional tennis. It governs the WTA Tour which is the worldwide professional tennis tour for women and was founded to create a better future for women’s tennis.

i mean,
shouldn’t it be possible for a tennis player
who has
health issues
e.g anxiety, depression, mental health issues
or
even asthma for example

or
severe migraine headaches ( chronic or occasional ) for example

and
who can show medical proof
of this state of health
e.g a note from his / her medical doctor[s]

and
who finds that
the press conferences aggravate or trigger
his/her asthma or anxiety or mental health or severe migraine, etc

be able to seek help and support
from
the management and administrative team
of

the tennis event itself

or

even for that matter

from
the WTA ( Womens Tennis Association ) in the instance of females
or
the ITF ( International Tennis Federation )

regarding his/her circumstance

even if
only to,

for example, :

█ get / obtain / receive a permission
i.e some sort of waiver / permit / exemption
based on the peculiar reality of his / her own personal health status
to

miss i.e abstain
from the press conferences
at a / any given tournament

where the state of his/her health is such at that period
that it will be
in the opinion of qualified medical doctors
negatively impacted upon by the strains of the press conferences

and to

█ get /obtain /receive that/such permission .. permit .. waiver .. exemption
to miss i.e abstain from the press conferences
at a / any given tournament

without getting / receiving a punishment i.e
without getting / receiving a penalty / sanction / fine

for
a state of health that is within the control of nature or GOD
since after-all
no one will give himself / herself asthma or mental health problems or severe migraine headaches or whatever
if he/she can avoid / prevent it.

according to wikipedia : Grand Slam tournaments are operated by the International Tennis Federation ( ITF ).[2][3] However, the WTA ( Women’s Tennis Association ) and ATP ( Association of Tennis Professionals ) do award ranking points based on a player’s performance at a major.[4][5]


let nobody fool himself or fool herself here.

if it were ordinary very easily possible
.. and/or ordinarily a routine administrative formality ..
to get such consideration


Naomi Osaka wouldn’t be saying
BEFORE A TOURNAMENT

that
she’s opting for the fine

no matter how much of a novice or non-initiate[s]
she and her advisers, if any, are

regarding the
bureaucracy / administration dynamics
and/or
procedural intricacies

required / involved
in
interacting with huge, powerful, large, wealthy organisations
such as

the Tennis World
and it’s component events and related administrative teams
e.g
Wimbedon,
Roland-Garros,
etc

no matter how naive,
no matter lacking in bureaucratic experience,
no matter how lacking in exposure to the administration experience
 

that
she and her advisers, if any, are.

her circumstance may have exposed i.e brought to fore
what the world never thought about
and
that is that :

● does the Tennis-World BULLY ???  the players ???

● is the Tennis-World IS NOT CONSIDERATE ???
of the health-issues ??? of the players
e.g their mental health ???


horrifying thoughts.
horror inducing thoughts.


is there a way to check to see if the Tennis-World BULLY ???  the players ???

is there a way to check to see if the Tennis-World IS NOT CONSIDERATE ???
of the health-issues ??? of the players
e.g their mental health ???

if a check is done and the results show that
[a] the Tennis-World does NOT BULLY ???  the players
and/or that
[b] the Tennis-World IS CONSIDERATE ???
of the health-issues ??? of the players
e.g their mental health

then all well and good.

however, if a check is done and the results show that
[a] the Tennis-World does actually BULLY ???  the players
sometimes or all the time
and/or that
[b] the Tennis-World IS NOT CONSIDERATE ???
of the health-issues ??? of the players
e.g their mental health
sometimes or all the time


as this unfolding scenario playing out would seem to suggest

then one wonders
if this is fair ?????????

or

even right ?????????
and/or
proper ????????? in anyway at all ……….

and what is it or what are the things that can be done to help
the players
or at least help a player
who finds himself / herself in a rather un-fair treatment situation
such as the one
that this post by Naomi Osaka
suggests that she is in
at the date and time / timing that the post was made


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