Naomi Osaka said she was retiring from the French Open on Monday after a tragic fall in the decision to boycott all media activity at the Grand Slam event. the court. “” The best thing about the tournament is that other players and my well-being are retiring so that everyone can focus on the tennis they’re doing in Paris, “the world number two wrote on Twitter.
– NaomiOsaka (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
The 23-year-old Japanese star was fined $ 15,000 on Sunday and threatened with disqualification after winning the first round and then refusing to hold a mandatory press conference.
On the eve of Roland Garros, he claimed that these post-match investigations were like “kicking people down when they were down” and had a detrimental effect on his mental health.
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my time was not ideal and my message could have been clearer,” said the four-time Grand Slam title winner in his statement.
“Actually, I’ve been suffering from depressive crises since the US Open in 2018. and I’ve had a very hard time dealing with that.”
He added: “In Paris, I already felt vulnerable and overwhelmed, so I thought it was better to do self-care and skip press conferences.
“I reported it in advance because I think the rules are partly outdated and I wanted to highlight that.”
Osaka has said it has apologized to organizers since it warned it would not engage in media activity over the affair, which dominated the early stages of the French Open last week.
Gilles Moretton, president of the French Tennis Federation, said the silence vote was a “phenomenal mistake.”
The four Grand Slam events – Wimbledon, Opens in France, Australia and the US – said they had written to Osaka “to check their well-being and offer support”.
“He was also reminded that his duties, the consequences of non-compliance with them and the rules should apply equally to all players.”
The most earned female athlete
Osaka is the world’s largest winning female athlete and earned $ 37.4 million in 2020.
It exploded onto the scene in 2018, securing its first victory at the US Open. He has won another title in New York as well as two Australian Opens.
Earlier Monday, the Osaka coach said he wanted to use his stellar situation to force change with his media boycott.
“Naomi has the opportunity to face her situation problems and get things started,” Belgian Osaka coach Wim Fissette told German magazine Der Spiegel.
“In the United States, the issue is very topical at the moment, as athletes want more freedom to contact the press.
“If they don’t feel well during the day they won’t be immediately threatened with punishment.”
Mari Osaka, the former player herself, said her sister was struggling to cope in Paris.
“Naomi mentioned to me before the tournament that a family member had come to her and stated that she was bad at clay,” Marik wrote on Reddit.
“He was told at every press conference that he had a bad record in the clay.
“When he lost in Rome, he wasn’t mentally well. He was completely broken and I think everyone’s thoughts and opinions came to his mind and he thought he was bad at clay.”
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