Hate to see someone that good having tough time

American tennis legend John McEnroe says parents play a big role in the development of a young player and he feels it is extremely important for tennis parents to let their kid grow and mature. McEnroe, a former seven-time Grand Slam champion, told Tennis365 that he often tells parents at his academy that their kids should go to school instead of being homeschooled.

If a kid is only focused on tennis and is being homeschooled, it can lead to an isolation and the kid may not be ready for what will come when it turns pro and finds itself in the spotlight. Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, had a hard time adjusting to the fame and popularity due to her introverted nature.

McEnroe says he kind of feels for Osaka as he believes the Japanese is a good-hearted personality.

McEnroe offers sympathy for Osaka

“And even sometimes when they succeed, they’re not mature enough or don’t want to deal with everything that comes with it,” McEnroe told Tennis365.

“I mean Naomi Osaka comes to mind, you know, she’s been successful at a very young age, she was sort of in a cocoon. And she hasn’t had a chance to grow up as a human being. It looks like it, I mean, I don’t know her.

So, you know, this is just a guess. She’s obviously a very introverted person, she’s talked about that, a shy person. And it’s kind of overwhelming in certain ways. And so you hate to see someone that good having such a tough time, who’s, you know, doing so well in so many ways.

So that tells me that we need to look at these things more carefully. And hopefully, if us old guys or girls ex-players can be helpful in any way, I think it’s important to try to give some advice so that they feel better able to deal with it”.

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