Will Smith Supports Naomi Osaka With An Instagram Post Saying "they are wrong"

Will Smith Supports Naomi Osaka With An Instagram Post Saying "they are wrong"
Actor Will Smith expressed his support for Naomi Osaka on Thursday after withdrawing from the French Open.

Osaka dropped out of the French Open on Monday after announcing she wouldn't attend post-match press conferences because of her anxiety.

Smith posted a short handwritten message to Osaka on Instagram, reminding her and his followers that she is in the right in the situation.

"Hey Naomi, you are right. They are wrong! I am with you." Smith wrote.

Osaka had been fined $15,000 for skipping a press conference at the tournament. She said in her resignation that she experienced bouts of depression and got "huge waves of anxiety" before speaking with the media.

"I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players, and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris," Osaka said in a statement on May 31. "I never wanted to be a distraction, and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.

"More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018, and I have had a tough time coping with that."

Several star athletes have come to Osaka's defense after her decision, including fellow tennis star Serena Williams and Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps.

However, several other figures have criticized Osaka for her decision, including British journalist Piers Morgan and the French Open organizers.