Naomi Osaka said has withdrawn from the French Open and said that she would “take some time away from the court.” She cited mental health reasons for this decision.
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka made this decision after the bitter consequences of her decision to boycott all media activities. She posted on Twitter her statement that she is retiring with that “everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.”
“Here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences,” was posted on Osaka’s social media.
She has revealed that she has suffered from depression since winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018. Osaka, the world’s No. 2 ranked player, was fined $ 15,000 for not participating in a mandatory post-match press conference. It was said that she would be excluded from the tournament in the future Grand Slams if she continued not to speak to the media. On Wednesday, she posted on social media that she would not participate in any news conferences during the French Open, hoping that the fines will go to charities intended for mental health.
French Tennis Federation president Gilles Moreton said that Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal is unfortunate.
“First and foremost, we are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka,” he said. “We wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery. We look forward to having Naomi in our tournament next year. Like all the Grand Slams, the WTA, the ATP, and the ITF, we remain very committed to all athletes’ well-being and to continually improving every aspect of players’ experience in our tournament, including with the media, like we have always tried to do.”
She also apologized to the organizers for the affair that dominated the early stages of the French Open. ”I’m gonna take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans. ”