Naomi Osaka Quits French Open Following Her Decision to Boycott Media Interviews

  • Naomi Osaka Quits French Open Following Her Decision to Boycott Media Interviews

Naomi Osaka Quits French Open Following Her Decision to Boycott Media Interviews

The Grand Slam tournaments have fined Naomi Osaka $15,000 for her media boycott at the French Open, announcing in a joint statement that if she continues to ignore her media obligations, she could be further sanctioned - including defaults and suspensions from the major tournaments.

The German, twice a quarter-finalist in Paris, was beaten 6-2 6-4 by a very in-form player in qualifier Anhelina Kalinina, who has now won her last 14 matches.

That surprisingly stern warning was delivered in a statement signed by the leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments: Gilles Moretton, the new president of the French Tennis Federation; Mike McNulty, the new head of the U.S. Tennis Association; Jayne Hrdlicka, the head of Tennis Australia; and Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Club, which runs Wimbledon. "It's just important to find the balance", she said.

In a Twitter post Monday, Osaka wrote that the "best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris".

She also said speaking with the media makes her anxious.

Leading players such as Andre Agassi, Venus Williams and Novak Djokovic have skipped news conferences after defeats and been fined.

We wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery and we look forward to having Naomi in our tournament next year.

The Grand Slams added that following Osaka's announcement on Wednesday; Roland Garros teams asked the 23-year-old to reconsider her position and were unsuccessful in their attempts to check on her wellbeing.

Regarding her movement on clay, Osaka, who next meets another Romanian in Ana Bogdan, said: "I would say it's a work in progress".

The Grand Slam Board said Osaka's refusal to take part in media duties put opponents at a disadvantage.

She had said last week on social media she would not speak to the media and kept that promise.

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Osaka is now the biggest draw in women's tennis. "For me, I feel like every opportunity I have to play a Slam is an opportunity to win a Slam". As the highest-paid female athlete, she can afford the $15,000 fine and other fines that might come her way. She also revealed that she had written privately to apologise the organisers at the French Open in the days following her decision, although it would seem that the focus of her apology was for the disruption caused by her original decision rather than the rationale behind it.

Osaka is in her prime as a player and quickly becoming the face of women's tennis, with her huge skill set on the court and the 39-year-old Serena Williams in the twilight of her career. By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.