Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open, taking time away from tennis

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open, taking time away from tennis

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open, taking time away from tennis

Japan's Naomi Osaka stunned the French Open on Monday when she announced she was withdrawing from the tournament in the wake of her decision to boycott post-match media duties, explaining she had been suffering from depression for nearly three years.

Naomi Osaka of Japan has a post-match interview on the court after her French Open tennis first-round win over Patricia Maria Tig of Romania on May 30, 2021, at Roland Garros in Paris.

The joint statement was signed by the organizers of the four Grand Slam tournaments - the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Muguruza's struggles are well captured by her very poor ratio of just nine winners to 40 unforced errors.

Osaka said in the build-up to the tournament that she would not attend the obligatory press conferences, citing that the way journalists quiz players adversely impacts her mental well-being.

"The press is part of the job", she said.

Leading players such as Andre Agassi, Venus Williams and Novak Djokovic have skipped news conferences after defeats and been fined.

"Naomi Osaka today chose not to honour her contractual media obligations".

But this is the first instance of a top player making it clear in advance that she did not intend to speak with the news media during a Grand Slam tournament.

She had said last week on social media she would not speak to the media and kept that promise.

In a statement announcing her fine Sunday, the leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments said Osaka had been "advised" that "should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences", including larger fines and suspensions.

"A core element of the grand slam regulations is the responsibility of the players to engage with the media, whatever the result of their match, a responsibility which players take for the benefit of the sport, the fans and for themselves". She also revealed that she had written privately to apologise the organisers at the French Open in the days following her decision, although it would seem that the focus of her apology was for the disruption caused by her original decision rather than the rationale behind it.

German 26th seed Angelique Kerber, a three-time major victor, was the day's biggest loser in the women's draw, going down to 6-2, 6-4 Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina.

"I respect her, of couse, as an athlete and her personally". She was the youngest woman to win the French Open since Monica Seles did it in 1992.

Osaka, who was next scheduled to take on Ana Bogdan in the second round Wednesday, said she hoped she could have a conversation with officials from the WTA upon her return.

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