Naomi Osaka fined $15,000 For missing her first press conference at the French Open and being threatened with expulsion if she continues to do so.
The world number one tennis player was boycotted on Sunday. After refusing to hold a press conference after her opener 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) defeated Romanian tennis world number 63 Patricia Maria Tig.
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The 23-year-old said before the match that She will refuse to comply with any media obligations.Claiming that the press conference was harmful to her mental health.
She likens the traditional post-match investigation to “kicking people when they fall”.
“We have advised Naomi Osaka that if she continues to ignore her media obligations. She will expose herself to the consequences of possible ethical violations,” said a statement from the four Grand Slams on Sunday. After she was fined $15,000 .
“As expected Repeated violations will attract tougher sanctions. This includes a match default and a major misunderstanding that could lead to larger fines and suspension of future Grand Slams.”
Gilles Moretton, President of the French Tennis Federation said of Osaka’s vow “Terrible Mistakes” and “Unacceptable”
The four Grand Slam tournaments – the French Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open – said they had written to Osaka. “to check her well-being and provide support”
“She also reminded of her obligations. Consequences of not complying with them And that rule should apply equally to all players,” the statement added.
“Today, Naomi Osaka chose not to fulfill her contractual obligations, so the Roland Garros referee fined her $15,000.”
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After her victory on Sunday Osaka only agrees to give a TV interview in court.
“For me, playing on clay is a work in progress,” said the reigning US and Australian Open champions.
“Hopefully the more I play, the more I play. I just got better and better.”
Later on Sunday, she tweeted, “Anger is a lack of understanding. Change makes people uncomfortable.”
The Grand Slam committee said Osaka’s refusal to take part in media duties puts opponents at a disadvantage.
“There is nothing more important than ensuring that no player has an unfair advantage. which is unfortunate in this case If one of the players refuses to devote time to participating in the media obligation while others Respect their promises,” they said.
If Osaka must be disqualified It will be as exciting as Novak Djokovic’s default at USC. Open last year The world number 1 player was lifted from his position due to hitting the referee with the ball.
Osaka’s attitude at the press conference has greatly divided the tennis world
“For me personally I always try to follow the rules. And it has to be fair not only on the pitch but off the pitch,” said two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after her first win.
“Now it’s up to them to decide what to do.”
Osaka’s compatriot Kei Nishikori added: “It’s not good but I understand her situation. So there are good and bad.”
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