Naomi Osaka, 23, PULLS OUT of French Open in wake of her media boycott as she says she is ‘taking time away from the court docket’ and divulges her melancholy and social anxiousness struggles
- World No 2 Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the remainder of this yr’s French Open
- The Japanese gained her opening match in opposition to Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday
- However her boycott of media duties has overshadowed the beginning of the event
- The grand slams reacted strongly to Osaka’s transfer, and she or he has now pulled out
The 23-year-old world No 2 gained her opening match in opposition to Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday however her choice not to participate in press conferences or interviews has overshadowed the beginning of the event at Roland Garros.
All 4 grand slams reacted strongly to Osaka’s transfer simply hours after her victory, releasing a joint assertion on Sunday threatening to probably disqualify her and impose a ban from future tournaments ought to she not rethink her boycott.
Naomi Osaka has introduced that she might be withdrawing from this yr’s French Open attributable to uproar brought on by her refusal to do media duties
However Osaka, who cited psychological well being causes for her boycott, introduced her withdrawal by writing on Twitter: ‘Hey everybody, this is not a scenario I ever imagined or meant once I posted just a few days in the past.
‘I feel now the very best 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.
Osaka revealed she had suffered durations of melancholy since profitable her first grand slam title on the US Open three years in the past, and acknowledged that speaking to the media had triggered her anxiousness.
‘I by no means needed to be be a distraction and I settle for that my timing was not excellent and my message may have been clearer,’ she added. ‘Extra importantly, I’d by no means trivialise psychological well being or use the time period flippantly.
The world No 2 gained her opening match in opposition to Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday
However the begin to the event has been overshadowed by her boycott of media duties
‘The reality is that I’ve suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy because the US Open in 2018 and I’ve had a very 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 usually carrying headphones as that helps uninteresting my social anxiousness.
‘Although the tennis press has all the time been variety to me (and I wanna apologise particularly to all of the cool journalists who I’ll have harm), I’m not a pure public speaker and get big waves of hysteria earlier than I communicate to the world’s media.’
‘So right here in Paris I used to be already feeling weak and anxious so I assumed it was higher to train self-care and skip the press conferences,’ she continued.
Osaka launched an announcement earlier this week saying she would boycott the press on the French Open, citing psychological well being considerations as the explanation behind her choice
Osaka mentioned she had suffered bouts of melancholy since profitable her first slam title on the US Open in 2018
‘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 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.’
Osaka was additionally fined an preliminary £10,800 following her victory on Sunday.
Her sister Mari tried to defend Osaka’s stance with a Reddit publish, solely to delete her phrases later and admit she had ‘made the scenario worse.’