The United States Tennis Association announced this week that it will provide licensed mental health providers and quiet rooms at the U.S. Open this year.
The USTA said it hopes to “ensure that a comprehensive and holistic approach will be taken with all aspects of player health, including mental health.”
“Our goal is to make mental health services as readily available to athletes as services for a sprained ankle — and with no stigma attached,” said Dr. Brian Hainline, a USTA first vice president. “We will provide an environment that fosters wellness while providing the necessary resources to readily allow mental health care seeking.”
The move comes after star Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French open in May to take a mental health break. Osaka also bowed out of Wimbledon. At the time, Osaka said she was suffering from anxiety and depression.