Megyn Kelly mocks 'snowflake' tennis pros for US Open's new mental health initiative

Megyn Kelly expressed her ire, tweeting, 'Good Lord please never let the snowflakes who need this sign up for our military'


                            Megyn Kelly mocks 'snowflake' tennis pros for US Open's new mental health initiative
Megyn Kelly has been criticized on her stance about mental health care for tennis players (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Megyn Kelly has received a lot of backlash on the Internet after she made fun of the US Open’s initiative to provide mental health support to struggling tennis players. The US Tennis Association (USTA) has announced to facilitate the players with mental health providers along with “quiet rooms”.

A statement from the USTA read, “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.”

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Megyn Kelly attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The step was taken after Naomi Osaka did not play during the French Open after being criticized for avoiding the media. At the time, the 23-year-old Japanese player revealed some details about her bouts of depression and took some time off to rest before playing in the Olympics for Japan. About the new decision, USTA CEO and Executive Director Mike Dowse said, “The USTA and US Open are always looking for ways to work collaboratively with the other Grand Slam events, ATP, WTA and ITF to provide the greatest level of support for our competitors. We recognize that ensuring the mental health of the players is an area that needed to be addressed, and we are taking formative steps to give athletes the necessary resources to compete at the highest level.”

Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot to Jill Teichmann of Switzerland during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2021, in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

USTA Chief Executive Stacey Allaster stated, “The issue of mental health awareness has been brought to the forefront over the course of the global pandemic, as many individuals, players included, have struggled with the stresses and emotions that have come as a result of Covid-19. Together with the multi-dimensional pressures within professional sport, this new reality highlighted the need to provide additional resources to support all aspects of athletes’ health, including their mental health and wellbeing. We look forward to seeing how the initiatives implemented at this year’s tournament, and in the coming months, make an impact on player wellbeing, and will continue to look for ways to improve and adapt as we move forward.”

But Kelly seemed not impressed with this new progress as she took to Twitter and wrote, “Good Lord please never let the snowflakes who need this sign up for our military.” Her unkind words did not go well with the people there as she soon got blasted for it. Former professional basketball player Rex Chapman tweeted, “My God. A person who’s never played a higher level sport in her life chiming-in on something she has absolutely no clue about. America. Revolting. Smh.”

Megyn Kelly attends The 2017 Mirror Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 13, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

 



 

 



 

 

A user slammed her in a tweet saying, “I seem to remember her suing Fox for harassment. Shouldn't she have been strong enough to just take it and handle it herself?” Another one wrote, “You get more disgusting by the day. Our military and veteran communities face a mental health and suicide crisis thats even worse today as Afghanistan spins out of control. You use our service to score talking points. I’m sick of all of you and your fake support. Pathetic hack.”

“Which sport are you ranked internationally in? Which branch of military did you serve in? You’re a preening pathetic hack who doesn’t know the first thing about sacrifice, service, or pressure. Delete your account, you bleached clown,” a tweet said, adding to the flurry of negative tweets aimed at Kelly.



 

 



 

 



 

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