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Why did Naomi Osaka withdraw from French Open? Tennis star explains sudden resolution to step away

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Naomi Osaka’s 2021 French Open has come to an finish.

The 23-year-old tennis star and four-time Grand Slam champion confirmed that she would withdraw from the event at Roland Garros forward of her second-round matchup in opposition to Ana Bogdan.

In a Twitter publish, Osaka detailed her resolution to make such a transfer after refusing to speak to the media and revealed that she has “suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy” because the 2018 U.S. Open.

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A pair components of Osaka’s assertion stand out above all. The primary is when she defined her personal psychological well being points and why talking to the media brings on “large waves of hysteria.”

The reality is that I’ve suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy because the US Open in 2018 and I’ve had a extremely arduous time dealing with that. Anybody that is aware of me is aware of I am introverted, and anybody that has seen me on the tournaments will discover that I am typically sporting headphones as that helps boring my social anxiousness. Although the tennis press has at all times been varieties to me (and I wanna apologize particularly to all of the cool journalists who I could have damage), I’m not a pure public speaker and get large waves of hysteria earlier than I converse to the world’s media. I get actually nervous and discover it disturbing to at all times attempt to have interaction and provide the greatest solutions I can. 

Osaka additionally outlined precisely why she instigated what successfully amounted to her media blackout. She was trying to “train self-care” and make clear guidelines that she believes are “fairly outdated in components.”

So right here in Paris I used to be already feeling susceptible and anxious, so I assumed it was higher to train self-care and skip the press conferences. I introduced it preemptively as a result of I do really feel like the foundations are fairly outdated in components and I needed to focus on that. I wrote privately to the event apologizing and saying that I might be more than pleased to talk with them after the event because the Slams are intense. I am gonna take a while away from the court docket now, however when the time is true I actually need to work with the Tour to debate methods we are able to make issues higher for the gamers, press and followers. 

After all, Osaka and the Tour had been at odds about her media blackout. The 4 Grand Slam tournaments launched a joint assertion and fined her $15,000 for skipping media obligations after Spherical 1 of the French Open and threatened a default if she continued to take action.

Osaka lamented that her “message might have been clearer” in her assertion, so it could appear that the 2 sides have so much to speak about shifting ahead if Osaka does need a number of the “outdated” media guidelines to alter.

Shortly after Osaka’s announcement, FFT president Gilles Moretton made an announcement at a press convention and departed earlier than taking any questions.

Firstly, we’re sorry and unhappy for Naomi Osaka. The result of Naomi withdrawing from Roland Garros is unlucky. We want her the most effective and the quickest doable restoration, and we stay up for having Naomi in our event subsequent 12 months. As all of the Grand Slams, the WTA, the ATP, and the ITF, we stay very dedicated to all athletes’ well-being, and to repeatedly bettering each side of gamers’ expertise in our event, together with with the media, like we’ve got at all times strived to do. Thanks.

So, it could appear that tennis’ governing our bodies are not less than keen to debate the difficulty along with her sooner or later.

However, for now, the No. 2 participant on the earth will sit out the most important clay-court occasion of the 12 months. Earlier than withdrawing, Osaka beat Patricia Maria Tig in two units, (6-4, 7-6).



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