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Naomi Osaka's health issue highlights solitary life of tennis players

Glitzy image of Grand Slam belies underlying difficulties for young athletes

Naomi Osaka during the first round of the French Open women's singles tennis tournament.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Naomi Osaka has publicly disclosed she will withdraw from the French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and confessed she has long suffered from depression.

A major issue for women's tennis is teenage players often rising rapidly to stardom but then burning out quickly. The Women's Tennis Association has taken measures to address this issue.

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