Roger Federer, 39, acknowledged that many factors can affect a tennis player wellbeing as he touched on the mental health of tennis players after his win at the French Open. Federer, ranked at No. 8 in the world, bat Marin Cilic 6-2 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 to reach the French Open third round.
On Monday, world No. 2 Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French Open and revealed she has had battles with depression and social anxiety. "It depends how old you are. It depends how well you're surrounded. How you stay happy on the road, because, you wait a lot, you lose, and you lose again, and you're supposed to live your dream.
Staying home is also OK," Federer said of the mental health of tennismen, per Tennis Majors. After withdrawin from Roland Garros, Osaka said: “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.
"I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. "More importantly I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly. "The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that."
Federer happy with his performance
Federer and Cilic have played against each other in two Grand Slam finals so they were not strangers to each other. "My shots are cleaner, in my head. In defence, it's still a little tricky, which is normal.
But I know better how to move forward. I didn't expect to get this high. I'm so so happy to reach the third round," Federer said. Federer plays next against German Dominik Koepfer. Federer also added: "That 4-sets was very good for me. This kind of moment is difficult to replicate, with a tie-break etc.."