Naomi Osaka says she is withdrawing from the French Open after the bitter impact of her decision to boycott all media.
“Hello everyone, this is not a situation I imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think right now the best thing for the tournament. other players And my welfare is withdrawing so that everyone can concentrate on tennis in Paris.
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I admit that my timing wasn’t right and my message was clearer. more importantly I will not mock mental health or use the word lightly.
“The truth is I have been suffering from depression for a long time since the 2018 US Open and I had to deal with it very hard.
“Everyone who knows me knows I’m an introvert. And anyone who sees me at tournaments will notice that I tend to wear headphones as it helps reduce my social anxiety.
“Although tennis journalists have always been kind to me. (And I’d like to apologize to the cool reporters. I’m not a public speaker by nature and have had a lot of concerns before speaking to the media around the world.
“I was very nervous and found it stressful to try to get involved and give you the best answer.
“So in Paris I’m already fragile and anxious. So I think it’s better to take care of yourself and skip the press conference. I announced it first because I felt the rules were a bit outdated in some parts and I wanted to highlight that.
“I wrote a personal apology for the tournament. and said I would be more than happy to talk to them after the tournament. Because the slam competition is intense.
“Now I’m going to spend some time away from the court. but when the time comes I want to work with tours to discuss how we can make things happen. Better for players, press and fans.
“Anyway, hope you all are well and safe. Love you guys and see you when I see you.”
— Naomi Osaka Naomi Osaka (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021