US Open to provide 'quiet rooms' for struggling tennis players

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"The medical services program for the 2021 tournament will include licensed mental health providers, giving players access to mental health services throughout the duration of the event," the USTA said in a statement. "In addition, quiet rooms and other support services will be provided. The US Open will work closely and collaboratively with the WTA and ATP sport science and medicine staff on site in an effort to ensure players understand the enhanced medical services available, and how to access these health offerings as needed."

The focus comes after Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open when she received criticism for avoiding press availabilities. She opened up about her bouts with depression and took some time away from the sport until last month when she appeared in the Olympics for Japan."


Thoughts!?:unsure:
 

TimHenmanATG

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I foresee this thread ending well.

Out of 7.8 billion people on Earth, curiously, a select few people - who definitely know what they're talking about - have congregated on an obscure tennis forum.

What are the odds on that, eh?
 

Lleytonstation

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https://www.foxnews.com/sports/us-open-quiet-rooms-tennis-players.amp?__twitter_impression=true

"The medical services program for the 2021 tournament will include licensed mental health providers, giving players access to mental health services throughout the duration of the event," the USTA said in a statement. "In addition, quiet rooms and other support services will be provided. The US Open will work closely and collaboratively with the WTA and ATP sport science and medicine staff on site in an effort to ensure players understand the enhanced medical services available, and how to access these health offerings as needed."

The focus comes after Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open when she received criticism for avoiding press availabilities. She opened up about her bouts with depression and took some time away from the sport until last month when she appeared in the Olympics for Japan."


Thoughts!?:unsure:
Million dollar athletes can get it so everybody should get it right?

They dont even know what bills are, give me a break.
 

David Hester

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The USTA said in a statement that the program "will ensure that a holistic approach is taken with all aspects of player health, including mental health." Since they are grouping mental health with physical health in their statement, I wonder if they will allow a player take an MTO for a mental health issue?

Also...Will the "quiet rooms" be there for players to help prepare for their press conferences, or in the place of the press conference? Maybe it will be available following the press conference so the players can recover?
 

Raul_SJ

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The USTA said in a statement that the program "will ensure that a holistic approach is taken with all aspects of player health, including mental health." Since they are grouping mental health with physical health in their statement, I wonder if they will allow a player take an MTO for a mental health issue?
Each player is allowed two medical time outs. Or whatever the number is. There is absolutely no need to distinguish between physical and mental time outs. It is ridiculous and embarrassing to be requesting the umpire a mental break. Just request a medical time out. Use your number of alloted medical time outs. End of story.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Agreed. Then they can call out the "licensed mental health provider" instead of the trainer.
Not clear if it will be disclosed. Currently, the announcers tell us Tsitsipas went to get massage treatment for sprained ankle. Don't think they will tell us Tsitsipas has gone to the quiet room to get treatment from Dr Phil.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
This is yet another way in which Naomi Osaka has helped spur positive change in professional tennis. Well done by her, the tours, and the USTA.
She did not want the inconvenience of being questioned on her poor clay results. So she concocted a scheme whereby she would accuse the press of mental abuse. All timed with the release of her movies and withdrawal from Paris clay. How convenient.

There was deafening silence from fellow players on her media boycott antics. No support. Fellow players with a brain understand that doing a routine 10 minute presser is part of their job. And the ungrateful malcontent ended up looking silly spoiled and selfish.

Let's not pretend that her intent was to help other players. The Quiet Room is an unintended consequence of her little Dog And Pony Show.
 

daggerman

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She did not want the inconvenience of being questioned on her poor clay results. So she concocted a scheme whereby she would accuse the press of mental abuse. All timed with the release of her movies and withdrawal from Paris clay. How convenient.

There was deafening silence from fellow players on her media boycott antics. No support. Fellow players with a brain understand that doing a routine 10 minute presser is part of their job. And the ungrateful malcontent ended up looking silly spoiled and selfish.

Let's not pretend that her intent was to help other players. The Quiet Room is an unintended consequence of her little Dog And Pony Show.
Yes, obviously you know her well enough to know what her intentions are.
 

daggerman

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Media boycott conveniently coincides with clay season and her Netflix reality shows. Miraculously cured for hard court season.
Yes, nothing suspicious about the timing here.
:rolleyes:
You and I read the situation completely differently. So be it.
 

puppybutts

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https://www.foxnews.com/sports/us-open-quiet-rooms-tennis-players.amp?__twitter_impression=true

"The medical services program for the 2021 tournament will include licensed mental health providers, giving players access to mental health services throughout the duration of the event," the USTA said in a statement. "In addition, quiet rooms and other support services will be provided. The US Open will work closely and collaboratively with the WTA and ATP sport science and medicine staff on site in an effort to ensure players understand the enhanced medical services available, and how to access these health offerings as needed."

The focus comes after Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open when she received criticism for avoiding press availabilities. She opened up about her bouts with depression and took some time away from the sport until last month when she appeared in the Olympics for Japan."


Thoughts!?:unsure:
you have to remember most players on tour are not rich, and struggle just to break even on their year's finances. they barely rack up enough money to travel to tournaments, and many can't travel with a personal coach. many of these players are poor and never home, it's a lifestyle ripe for mental health issues. so if you dislike osaka, fine, but i'm actually impressed the tournament spent money on such a nice initiative, especially considering they also upped the prize money for qualifying matches this year to help such players.

osaka might be the face of the issue, but there are many players who struggle with mental health, going all the way back to pre-2000s. so please educate yourselves before you judge.
 
you have to remember most players on tour are not rich, and struggle just to break even on their year's finances. they barely rack up enough money to travel to tournaments, and many can't travel with a personal coach. many of these players are poor and never home, it's a lifestyle ripe for mental health issues. so if you dislike osaka, fine, but i'm actually impressed the tournament spent money on such a nice initiative, especially considering they also upped the prize money for qualifying matches this year to help such players.

osaka might be the face of the issue, but there are many players who struggle with mental health, going all the way back to pre-2000s. so please educate yourselves before you judge.
Again, my work environment is very stressful. I make a tiny fraction of what these touring pros make. If I walked into HR and demanded a quiet space, safe room, or my own office, I'd get laughed out of the building and would be told I'm lucky to have a cubicle and a job.
 

puppybutts

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Each player is allowed two medical time outs. Or whatever the number is. There is absolutely no need to distinguish between physical and mental time outs. It is ridiculous and embarrassing to be requesting the umpire a mental break. Just request a medical time out. Use your number of alloted medical time outs. End of story.
plenty of players use the bathroom for this purpose anyway. even if it's not a pressing mental health crisis, they use it to reset the match mentally. it's funny though, some players are highly criticized for using the bathroom break in this way while others are praised for turning around a match with great mental toughness.
 

Bartelby

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Most of these kinds of management gimmicks like quiet spaces are the product of large tech firms demanding a congenial environment, so you just need a better job!

Again, my work environment is very stressful. I make a tiny fraction of what these touring pros make. If I walked into HR and demanded a quiet space, safe room, or my own office, I'd get laughed out of the building and would be told I'm lucky to have a cubicle and a job.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
Again, my work environment is very stressful. I make a tiny fraction of what these touring pros make. If I walked into HR and demanded a quiet space, safe room, or my own office, I'd get laughed out of the building and would be told I'm lucky to have a cubicle and a job.
Creating your own personal office 365 days a year in a building operating year-round is entirely different than players checking in and out of a temporary room for a seasonal tournament. In lieu of a quiet room at your workplace, here you are on an internet forum whining about someone else getting one. It sounds like you could benefit from one.

Also assuming you are in the states, if you have a minimum wage office job, I guarantee you there are many players poorer than you. Between 2015 and 2019, the average salary for the rank 1 player was $14 million, while the average salary for the rank 1927 player was $1,126. If your company size is 2000, imagine the lowest employees making less than $5,000 a year. Only 195 players made more than $100,000, and again this is just earnings, not costs to actually be a tennis player.
 
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