Japanese tennis player was warned on Sunday she could be thrown out of the French Open if she continues to boycott post-match news conferences.
Japan’s tennis player Naomi Osaka said she is withdrawing from the French Open following the bitter fall-out from her decision to boycott all media activity.
On Sunday, the former world number one was warned she could be thrown out of the French Open if she continues to boycott post-match news conferences at the tournament.
She was also fined $15,000 by Grand Slam organisers for failing to attend a news conference following her first-round win.
“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,” the world number two wrote on Twitter on Monday.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
Earlier this week, the four-time Grand Slam champion said she would not face the press during the French Open, citing mental health reasons.
“I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
Osaka said players who attend the media talks are asked questions they have “answered multiple times or asked questions that bring doubts in their minds … I’m just not going to subject myself to people who doubt me”.
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