Osaka withdrawal from French Open sparks mental health debate

June 01, 2021

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Japan's Naomi Osaka serves the ball to Romania's Patricia Maria Tig during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Paris. 

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Top-ranking athlete Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open after controversy following her refusal to speak to the media after matches. Her withdrawal has sparked a major debate about mental health in elite sports. And, a new report by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention paints a grim picture of gun violence, climbing from the lowest to highest rates in Europe. Also, it’s challenging to keep track of new variants of the coronavirus. After months of deliberation, an expert panel has put forward a new system for naming and referencing variants using the Greek alphabet. 

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