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Hollywood star Will Smith cheers Naomi Osaka after French Open exit: `I`m with you`

Actor Will Smith is the youngest celebrity to encourage tennis star Naomi Osaka after dropping out of the French Open. “Hi Naomi, you’re right. They are wrong! I’m with you, ”the 52-year-old actor wrote in a note he posted on social media. Osaka, 23, made headlines when she announced she would not be taking part in the competition. It came after setbacks over her decision to boycott all media activities amid anxiety and depression. “The best thing about the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can concentrate again on the tennis that takes place in Paris,” the world number two wrote on Twitter.

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The Japanese tennis star was fined $ 15,000 and threatened with disqualification after refusing to attend a mandatory news conference after her first round victory. “The truth is that I have had a long depression since the 2018 US Open, and that I have had a very difficult time dealing with it,” Osaka said in her statement following her withdrawal from the French Open. Sports icons such as Serena and Venus Williams and Usain Bolt have shown their support for Osaka, along with Hollywood celebrities including Olivia Munn, Patton Oswalt and Ava DuVernay. – With input from AFP