Stefanos Tsitsipas explained social media impacting his mental health, and how he felt reading people’s remarks.
The Greek tennis ace has become the latest sports personality to address the issue of mental health and how it can be influenced by any sphere of life. Tsitsipas recently opened up on how he took some time off social media to improve his mental health.
Speaking on The MadHappy podcast, Tsitsipas explained social media impacting his mental health, and how he felt reading people’s remarks.
“Social media has become a toxic and unfriendly place to be,” the World No. 3 said.
“It made me feel miserable. It has made me feel lonely. Mental health is a serious issue in professional sports.”
Tsitsipas, being one of the top tennis players in the world, is the latest player to come out and speak. The fact that someone as popular as Tsitsipas goes through such issues speaks volumes about the perception of mental health in the world, and how he, like any one of us, can also be affected by mental health problems.
The tennis superstar has always gone on record to say that in addition to making tennis the most popular sport in his home country Greece, he also wants to promote tennis as a medium and form of expression. This is why he has come out and addressed the issue of mental health.
Tsitsipas talked about athletes hiding their mental health issues because of the fear of being perceived as weak. Accordingly, he praised Naomi Osaka for being the first tennis player to raise awareness, and actually acting on her issues and backing out of Wimbledon.
“It requires a great courage to talk about something so important,” Tsitsipas praised his tennis ace colleague.