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Osaka pulls out of Roland Garros following assertion issued by Grand Slam organisers that she would face disqualification if she continued to refuse to talk to media; “I’ve suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy since 2018 and I’ve had a extremely laborious time dealing with that,” says Osaka

Final Up to date: 31/05/21 7:12pm

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open.

The four-time Grand Slam singles champion was fined $15,000 after she didn’t conduct a post-match press convention following her first-round win in opposition to Romanian Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday.

The 4 Grand Slam organisers reacted strongly to Osaka’s transfer, releasing a joint assertion on Sunday that threatened the 23-year-old with potential disqualification and a ban from future tournaments ought to she not rethink.

In a press release posted on Twitter, Osaka mentioned: “Hey everybody, this is not a scenario I ever imagined or meant after I posted just a few days in the past. I feel now the most effective factor for the event, the opposite gamers and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everybody can get again to specializing in the tennis occurring in Paris.

“I by no means needed to be a distraction. I settle for that my timing was not superb and my message may have been clearer. Extra importantly, I’d by no means trivialize psychological well being or use the time period flippantly.

“The reality is that I’ve suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy for the reason that US Open in 2018 and I’ve had a extremely laborious time dealing with that. Anybody that is aware of me is aware of that I am introverted, and anybody that is seen me at tournaments will discover that I am usually sporting headphones as that helps uninteresting my social anxiousness.

“Although the tennis press has at all times been sort to me (and I wanna apologize particularly to all of the cool journalists who I could have harm), I’m not a pure public speaker and get big waves of tension earlier than I converse to the world’s media. I get actually nervous and discover it aggravating to at all times attempt to interact and provide the greatest solutions I can.

“So right here in Paris I used to be already feeling susceptible and anxious so I believed it was higher to train self-care and skip the press conferences. I introduced it pre-emptively as a result of I do really feel like the foundations are fairly outdated in elements and I needed to focus on that.

“I wrote privately to the event apologising and saying that I’d be very happy to talk with them after the event because the Slams are intense. I am gonna take a while away from the courtroom now, however when the time is true I actually wish to work with the Tour to debate methods we are able to make issues higher for the gamers, press and followers. Anyhow hope you’re all doing properly and staying protected, love you guys. I will see you after I see you.”



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