On Wednesday, citing psychological well being causes, the four-time main champion posted on social media that she is not going to take part in any press conferences throughout the French Open, hoping that any superb cash she incurs will go towards a psychological well being charity.
“I’ve usually felt that individuals don’t have any regard for athletes psychological well being and this rings very true each time I see a press convention or partake in a single,” Osaka wrote.
“We’re usually sat there and requested questions that we have been requested a number of occasions earlier than or requested questions that convey doubt into our minds and I am simply not going to topic myself to those who doubt me.”
Roland Garros stated it requested Osaka “to rethink her place and tried unsuccessfully to talk together with her to examine on her well-being, perceive the specifics of her concern and what is likely to be achieved to deal with it on website.”
“Following the shortage of engagement by Naomi Osaka, the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open collectively wrote to her to examine on her well-being and supply help, underline their dedication to all athletes’ well-being and counsel dialog on the difficulty,” the assertion reads. “She was additionally reminded of her obligations, the results of not assembly them and that guidelines ought to equally apply to all gamers.”
Organizers say that repeated violations may result in more durable sanctions together with default from the event.
Though her footwork sometimes let her down, the world No. 2 remained calm and composed on a floor that hasn’t at all times been her greatest. “I might say it is a work in progress. Hopefully the extra I play, the higher it’ll get,” Osaka stated after her win.
She’s going to subsequent face Ana Bogdan of Romania.