BORIS BECKER has been slammed by Robert Enke’s widow for his comments about Naomi Osaka’s mental health.
Teresa Enke, widow of former Germany goalkeeper Robert, has lashed out at Boris Becker for his comments regarding Naomi Osaka’s mental healthCredit: AFP
Becker slammed Osaka for failing to deal with the press after she cited mental health concernsCredit: Rex
Wimbledon legend Becker slammed Osaka’s decision – but former Germany goalkeeper Enke’s widow, Teresa, has hit back.
Enke tragically took his own life in 2009 at the age of 32 following a battle with depression.
Replying to Becker, a furious Teresa, 45, said: “Dear Boris Becker, Are you serious?
“Naomi Osaka is not healthy.
“Depression is not a question of money, success or luxury.
“Depression is an illness that unfortunately can hit anyone.”
Following her French Open exit, world No2 Osaka revealed she would be taking ‘some time away from the court‘.
Osaka had earlier revealed she was suffering from depression and feels ‘huge waves of anxiety’ during interviews.
Osaka pulled out of the French Open and opted to sit out Wimbledon amid a battle with depressionCredit: PA
Ex-Germany star Robert Enke tragically took his own life in 2009 following a fight against depressionCredit: Bongarts – Getty
After snubbing the media at Roland Garros, the Japanese star was fined £10,600 and threatened with expulsion from the tournament and future Grand Slams.
Osaka subsequently opted to sit out Wimbledon, with Becker, 53, tearing into her.
The German told The Times: “If you can’t deal with the media, it’s very difficult to be a professional tennis player.
“The tour isn’t possible without the press. And it’s difficult to make your prize money or money for your sponsors without the media.
“It’s not something we look forward to. But it’s part of the job. You have to learn to deal with it. Is that really pressure?
“Isn’t it pressure when you don’t have food on the table? When you’ve got to feed your family and you don’t have a job?
“When you have a life-changing injury? Isn’t that more pressure?
“You’re 23, you’re healthy, you’re wealthy, your family is good.
“Where’s the f***ing pressure?”
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