2021-06-02 13:49:01

Does Tennis Care About Players? Naomi Osaka Quits French Open After Mental Health Plea Ignored

Athletes around the globe are voicing support for tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the French Open after being fined and threatened with disqualification for declining to take part in press conferences due to their effect on her mental health. Prominent athletes, from Stephen Curry to Serena Williams, have come forward to support 23-year-old Osaka, who is a four-time Grand Slam tournament winner.

The escalating fines and criticism Osaka faced from tennis officials were “a disproportionate response” to her actions, says Amira Rose Davis, an assistant professor of history and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Penn State and co-host of the sports podcast Burn It All Down. She adds that Black women athletes are often subjected to insensitive questioning from the media that can perpetuate racist and sexist narratives. “The media is overwhelmingly white, overwhelmingly older, overwhelmingly male,” Davis says.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Amira Rose Davids Amy Goodman ATP Democracy Now! Depression Free Speech TV French Open Grand Slam Tournament Mental Health Mental Health Awareness Naomi Osaka Penn State Tennis

Human Rights and Equality

BreakThrough News

BreakThrough News | Texas Wants to "Make America White Again"

BreakThrough News | Texas Wants to "Make America White Again"

This Week In White Supremacy- Presented by 1HoodMedia

This Week In White Supremacy | Instances of Racism Surface During Black History Month - Really?

This Week In White Supremacy | Instances of Racism Surface During Black History Month - Really?

This Week In White Supremacy- Presented by 1HoodMedia

This Week In White Supremacy | Tensions The N Word Creates Amongst Black People and Reclaiming Power

This Week In White Supremacy | Tensions The N Word Creates Amongst Black People and Reclaiming Power

Indian Country Today

Indian Country Today | Tribal Leaders Speak Out Against The Washington Commanders Name Change

Indian Country Today | Tribal Leaders Speak Out Against The Washington Commanders Name Change

Related

The Thom Hartmann Program

The Thom Hartmann Program | Donald Trump's Political Grifting Continues

The Thom Hartmann Program | Donald Trump's Political Grifting Continues

The David Pakman Show

The David Pakman Show | Donald Trump's Blueprint

The David Pakman Show | Donald Trump's Blueprint

The Stephanie Miller Show

The Stephanie Miller Show | House Speaker Mike Johnson's Dangerous Beliefs

The Stephanie Miller Show | House Speaker Mike Johnson's Dangerous Beliefs

FSTV Speaks

FSTV Speaks | Calling For An Immediate Cease-Fire

FSTV Speaks | Calling For An Immediate Cease-Fire

Proud Partners