Former Top 50 Hails Naomi Osaka and Mardy Fish For Raising Mental Health Awareness in Tennis

Published 10/02/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 30: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic during their Women’s Singles first round match on Day One of the 2021 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Alison Van Uytvanck has earned four singles and two doubles WTA titles so far in her tennis career. The Belgian player has impressively reached the finals of WTA Astana open in Nur-Sultan, where she will face Yulia Putintseva.

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Additionally, Van Uytvanck has been a vocal advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. On many occasions, she has expressed her concern regarding the taboo around the LGBTQIA+ community and she recently articulated her gratitude towards Mardy Fish and Naomi Osaka for raising mental health issues.

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Alison Van Uytvanck supported Naomi Osaka and Mardy Fish

The Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck has been outspoken regarding LGBTQIA+ awareness. After watching Mardy Fish’s Untold documentary, Van Uytvanck hailed Naomi Osaka and Mardy Fish for spreading mental health awareness on the WTA Tour.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck celebrates during her first round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

She said, “It has been taboo to talk about it, to not openly talk about it. I saw the documentary with Mardy and I think it is tough for non-tennis players to know the pressure that we are having and what comes with it.”

Moreover, Van Uytvanck added, “I have been there myself, having some issues, and I think it is nice that we have somebody like that who can speak about it and show the world that, ‘Hey, I am strong enough to come back even stronger and to win the tournament.’”

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Van Uytvanck speaks about Emma Raducanu

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Emma Raducanu fabulously won the US Open 2021, after coming from the qualifying stages. Not only did she win the title, the Brit also broke several records on her way to the victory. Van Uytvanck also acknowledged Raducanu’s amazing run at US Open.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Van Uytvanck was impressed to see how the 18-years old handled the pressure at Wimbledon 2021. Raducanu showcased some incredible tennis skills in her Wimbledon run. she. She said, “It is not easy, but being able to have that documentary, and Osaka and Emma Raducanu speaking about it and being aware about it, makes it.

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Alison Van Uytvanck has majestically reached the finals of the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The second seed, Van Uytvanck will face Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the ultimate match.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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