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US Open to supply ‘quiet rooms’ for struggling tennis gamers

The U.S. Open may have some new additions because the U.S. Tennis Affiliation (USTA) places extra of a give attention to gamers’ psychological well being.

The ultimate main tennis event of the yr will make psychological well being suppliers obtainable to tennis gamers together with “quiet rooms.”

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“The medical providers program for the 2021 event will embody licensed psychological well being suppliers, giving gamers entry to psychological well being providers all through the length of the occasion,” the USTA stated in a press release. “As well as, quiet rooms and different help providers will likely be offered. The US Open will work carefully and collaboratively with the WTA and ATP sport science and medication employees on web site in an effort to make sure gamers perceive the improved medical providers obtainable, and how you can entry these well being choices as wanted.”

The main focus comes after Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open when she obtained criticism for avoiding press availabilities. She opened up about her bouts with melancholy and took a while away from the game till final month when she appeared within the Olympics for Japan.

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“The USTA and US Open are at all times in search of methods to work collaboratively with the opposite Grand Slam occasions, ATP, WTA and ITF to supply the best degree of help for our rivals,” USTA CEO and Govt Director Mike Dowse stated in a press release. “We acknowledge that making certain the psychological well being of the gamers is an space that wanted to be addressed, and we’re taking formative steps to offer athletes the mandatory assets to compete on the highest degree.”

USTA Chief Govt Stacey Allaster added: “The problem of psychological well being consciousness has been dropped at the forefront over the course of the worldwide pandemic, as many people, gamers included, have struggled with the stresses and feelings which have come because of COVID-19.

“Along with the multi-dimensional pressures inside skilled sport, this new actuality highlighted the necessity to present further assets to help all features of athletes’ well being, together with their psychological well being and wellbeing. We sit up for seeing how the initiatives applied at this yr’s event, and within the coming months, make an affect on participant wellbeing, and can proceed to search for methods to enhance and adapt as we transfer ahead.”

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The U.S. Open is about to start on Aug. 30. Gamers like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin all dropped out of the event.

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