On Wednesday, citing mental health reasons, the four-time major champion announced on social media that she would not attend any press conferences during Roland Garros, hoping that any fines she incurs will go to a charity for the Mental Health.
“I have often felt that people have no regard for the mental health of athletes and this rings very true every time I see or attend a press conference,” Osaka wrote.
“We often sit there and ask questions that have been asked many times before or questions that make us doubt and I just will not submit to people who doubt me.”
Roland Garros said he asked Osaka “to reconsider his position and tried in vain to speak to him to check his well-being, to understand the specifics of his problem and what could be done to remedy it on the spot”.
“Following Naomi Osaka’s lack of commitment, the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open jointly wrote to her to check her well-being and offer her their support, to underline their commitment for the good -be of all athletes and suggest dialogue on the issue, “said the statement.” He was also reminded of his obligations, the consequences of not respecting them and that the rules should apply equally to all players. ”
Organizers say repeated violations could result in stiffer penalties, including failure to participate in the tournament.
Though her footwork let her down at times, the world number 2 has remained calm and composed on a surface that hasn’t always been his best. “I would say it’s a work in progress. I hope the more I play the better,” Osaka said after winning.
She will then face the Romanian Ana Bogdan.
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