The U.S. Open is providing "quiet rooms" to stressed-out tennis players because apparently there was a need for that
· Aug 27, 2021 ·

It's most assuredly a difficult endeavor to rise to the top of any sport. Competing in a pinnacle competition is likely a stressful and pressure-filled experience. No arguments there. But... was this necessary? Was it really?

For 2021, the US Open's already comprehensive medical care system will evolve to include a number of new initiatives aimed at providing best-in-class mental health support to players. The USTA's Mental Health Initiative will ensure that a holistic approach is taken with all aspects of player health, including mental health.

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. 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.

Look, being frank and open about mental health is a good thing. It shouldn't be swept under the rug. There's no point. It's also true that a relentless overemphasis and fixation on mental health can lead to a sort of amplifying effect of the whole problem, where grown men and women need "trigger warnings" on classic literature, say, or professional sports organizations need "quiet rooms" for major athletes.

The point being: As good as it is to have mental health issues out in the open, you can overdo it. Don't over do it.

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