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The Mental Health of Professional Tennis Players Goes Beyond Naomi Osaka

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On September 11, 2021, the teenage tennis Cinderella story played out in the final of the U.S. Open women’s championship, where 18-year-old British qualifier Emma Raducanu (then-ranked No.

150) beat 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez (then-ranked No. 73). The amount of milestones these two teenage women of color achieved is hard to fathom; it’s really a double fairytale.

The other remarkable thing about Raducanu’s victory is that in her only other Grand Slam appearance at Wimbledon this year in her home country, she retired in the fourth round.

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