The U.S. Open could 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 out there to tennis gamers together with “quiet rooms.”
“The medical providers program for the 2021 event will embrace licensed psychological well being suppliers, giving gamers entry to psychological well being providers all through the period of the occasion,” the USTA mentioned in an announcement. “As well as, quiet rooms and different assist providers shall be offered. The US Open will work intently and collaboratively with the WTA and ATP sport science and medication employees on website in an effort to make sure gamers perceive the improved medical providers out there, and entry these well being choices as wanted.”
The main target comes after Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open when she acquired 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.
“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 assist for our rivals,” USTA CEO and Government Director Mike Dowse mentioned in an announcement. “We acknowledge that guaranteeing 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 Government Stacey Allaster added: “The difficulty of psychological well being consciousness has been delivered to 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 extra assets to assist all elements of athletes’ well being, together with their psychological well being and wellbeing. We look ahead to 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.”
The U.S. Open is ready to start on Aug. 30. Gamers like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin all dropped out of the event.