Osaka withdrew from the French Open earlier than the second spherical within the wake of controversy attributable to her choice to skip obligatory post-match information conferences on the match.
She revealed that she had been struggling bouts of hysteria and despair since bursting into the limelight by profitable the U.S. Open in 2018, the primary of her 4 Grand Slams.
Osaka is but to announce whether or not she’s going to return to play at Wimbledon which begins on June 28.
“I do not know, I do not know, I am not in her head,” Evert, an analyst for broadcaster Eurosport, instructed Reuters when requested whether or not Osaka ought to play on the grasscourt championships.
“You need to stroll in somebody’s sneakers. I simply hope she takes the time that she must get away to be in a secure place, a secure house, to have good individuals round her.
“She wants professionals to assist her determine it out, the dilemma that she’s in.”
Three-time Wimbledon champion Evert gained her first Grand Slam title, aged 19, on the French Open in 1974 and completed her illustrious profession with 18 singles majors.
Osaka was 20 when she gained her first main at Flushing Meadows and Evert stated the sudden fame and fortune will be overwhelming.
“The deeper drawback is that when you find yourself younger and when you find yourself shy and when you find yourself a personal particular person and when you find yourself weak, then rapidly you’re the most well-known particular person in sport, I believe that is the issue,” Evert stated.
“It is getting adjusted to that in life.”
Evert provided some sympathy for Osaka’s declare that the questioning by journalists at post-match information conferences can have an effect on a participant’s psychological wellbeing.
“I believe the press wants to offer these youthful gamers the room to develop,” the American stated. “Do not make them really feel traumatized with questions, repeating questions or asking private questions. The press are an enormous a part of this and they should change as properly.”
Nonetheless, Evert rejects requires gamers to not should attend post-match media duties.
“The gamers have a duty to speak about their match, not their love life, or some other situation,” she stated. “But when they’re making this a lot cash, then take an hour, hour and a half, quiet down after a loss, are available in for quarter-hour and simply reply just a few questions on the way you performed, what was the turning level.
“These questions are honest sport. The press have helped the sport of tennis, helped model these gamers.”
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has stated it should undertake a evaluate of post-match media necessities whereas Wimbledon organisers say they’re working collectively to create significant enhancements.