Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 for failing to appear at a press conference at the French Open, the tournament’s organisation, announced on Sunday. In addition to the adjustment The 2nd and four-time Grand Slam winner could face tougher penalties if she continues to refuse to speak to the media.
“Today, Naomi Osaka has chosen not to fulfill her contractual obligations, therefore the Roland-Garros referee So she fined her $15,000 in accordance with Article III H. of the Code of Conduct,” the four Grand Slam tournaments said, testifying.
Osaka announced on Wednesday that she would not play the French Open because she thought the training was detrimental to the athletes̵7; mental health. “We always sit there and ask questions we’ve been asked many times before, or ask questions that make us wonder. And I will not just allow myself to be with people who doubt me,” she wrote on social media platform. The money she was forced to pay would be donated to a mental health charity.
Osaka fulfilled her promise after defeating Patricia Maria Tig in the first round on Sunday when she was not present at the post-match press conference. However, she participated in a traditional court interview immediately after the match.
Grand Slam organizations – which include Tennis Australia, All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) – said on Sunday they had contacted Osaka. “To verify the well-being and her offer of support, it underscores their commitment to the well-being of all athletes. and suggest discussions on various issues.”
“She also warned of the obligations. Consequences of not complying with them And that rule should apply equally to all players,” the organization said, adding that “A key element of Grand Slam rules is the player’s responsibility to engage with the media, regardless of the outcome. It is the responsibility of the players for the benefit of the sport, the fans and for themselves.”
The groups highlighted the available resources focused on the mental health of players. and said they “Need Player Engagement” to improve those services.
Grand Slams also said they had informed Osaka that their continued refusal to appear in the media would lead to further sanctions: “As expected. Repeat violations will attract tougher sanctions, including default (Code III T.) and cause investigations into major offenses that could lead to massive fines and suspension of Grands. Future Slam (Code of Conduct IV A.3.)”
Osaka has yet to comment on the fines imposed on her. or the threat of default and suspension. She is scheduled to meet Ana Bogdan in the second round.