Marion Bartoli shows immense sympathy for Naomi Osaka

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Marion Bartoli shows immense sympathy for Naomi Osaka

Former French tennis player Marion Bartoli acknowledged Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez weren't in the position in which Naomi Osaka was at the US Open. Raducanu, 18, and 19-year-old Fernandez made their first Grand Slam final at the US Open.

However, many claimed that playing without pressure contributed in Raducanu and Fernandez making the US Open final. On the other side, world No. 3 Osaka suffered a shock third round loss and afterward broke down in tears and opened again about her mental health.

“First of all, it’s one thing to come out and play when you have absolutely nothing to lose,” Bartoli told Tennis Majors. “It’s another thing when you win four Grand Slams, $55 million in endorsements a year and you have to prove and feel like you deserve that every single time you play a tennis match.

It’s a total different way to approach a tennis match. And as much as it is easy to say ‘Oh just play tennis like you were when you were 16 or 17 and innocent – it’s impossible to be that way again for Naomi.

“It’s literally impossible. When you represent so much and you are the face of so many brands, very prestigious brands, of course. When you step on the court the only thing that is going to make you happy is to win”.

Maria Sharapova showed support for Osaka

"We all need to be incredbily supportive of athletes who are going through tough times in their careers. Naomi is an incredbile athlete and a beautiful human being, who has a very long career ahead of her," Shapovalov said of Osaka.

"We all need to respect the decisions that players make at times of vulnerability, when they're feeling down or not playing their best tennis. To be honest, not many people know what's going on behind-the-scenes and how players feel.

You only see the tennis game and what happens on the court. "The more support that we can provide, the better they will be and the better that they will play."