Gilles Moretton, president of the French tennis federation, admitted on Monday that he was “sorry and sad” that Naomi Osaka had decided to retire from Roland Garros. “We are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka. The result of Naomi being taken out of Roland Garros is unfortunate,” Moretton said. 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. Osaka said it decided to take part in any media activity to care for its mental health.
Moretton said on the eve of the tournament that Osaka’s failure to attend the mandatory press conferences was a “terrible mistake.”
“We wish him the best and fastest recovery possible,” Moretton added as he read the prepared statement without question.
“We hope to have Naomi in our tournament next year.
“All the Grand Slams, like the WTA, ATP and ITF, remain very committed to the well-being of the athletes and the experience of the players to continue to continuously improve our tournament, as well as the media, as I have always tried to do.”
Osaka revealed that he had long periods of depression and said he would take a break from the sport.
“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 are doing in Paris,” said the 23-year-old Japanese star, who is four years old. time Grand Slam Title Winner.
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.
“I have actually suffered from depressive crises since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a very difficult time dealing with that.
“In Paris, I was already feeling vulnerable and worried, so I thought better of doing self-care and skipping press conferences.”
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