20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer insists the relationship between players and the media needs to evolve. This past French Open, former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka drew lots of attention to herself after deciding not to press conferences over her mental health well-being.
After abruptly retiring from the French Open, Osaka revealed she has been battling depression and anxiety for years. Also, Osaka added that interacting with the media sometimes has a negative impact on her. "I think players, the tournaments, journalists, we need to sit down together in a room and go, "OK, what would work for you and what works for us ..."
Federer told the British GQ magazine on Monday. "We need a revolution. Or at least an evolution of where we are today. "Even when I am feeling down I know I need to act a certain way in front of the world's press.
We need to remember that tennis players are athletes and professionals, but we are also human too."
Federer sorry for Osaka
Osaka,,23, has achieved a notable success in the game as she is already a four-time Grand Slam champion.
This past US Open, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam. Federer hates to see when a young star is exposed to hate and negativity. "I was following Emma Raducanu's incredible run in Wimbledon and also Naomi Osaka these last few years – it's been amazing, both of their stories," Federer said.
"But it hurts when you see what happens and when they don't feel well. "I think we do need to help, coach and mentor the younger generation more. I can't imagine going through the beginning of my career with social media.
"For every 10 nice comments there's always one negative comment and, of course, that is the one you focus on. It’s a horrible situation."