Naomi Osaka says she will withdraw from the French Open by announcing on Monday on social media that she would She “takes time away from court” a day after she was fined and threatened harsher punishment for skipping her mandated media obligations.
Osaka said in a lengthy statement that she “Never wanted to be a distraction,” and her withdrawal was “The best thing for the competition other players and my well-being.”
Osaka’s representative Stuart Duguid confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that the world number two was pulled ahead of her second round at the Paris Clay-court tournament.
A spokeswoman for the tournament said the French Open was not aware of Osaka̵7;s withdrawal.
“I think right now the best thing for the tournament. other players and my welfare is my withdrawal To get everyone back to tennis in Paris,” Osaka wrote, “I never wanted to be a distraction and I admit that my timing wasn’t right and the message became clearer.”
The 23-year-old Osaka also revealed she has struggled with depression and anxiety since winning her first major at the 2018 US Open and explained that speaking to the media often makes me nervous. She apologized to the media members that she affected her decision.
“I’m not naturally a public speaker. and received a lot of anxiety before I spoke to the media around the world,” she said. “I was very nervous and found it stressful to try to get involved and give. [the media] The best answer I can get.”
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The announcement was backed by 17-year-old American Coco Gauff, who tweeted in response: “I admire your weakness,” and told Osaka. “Stay strong”
The four-time major champion and second in this clay-court grand slam announced Wednesday she will not be attending any press conferences during the event. Claiming that her mental health was the motivation for her decision.
Osaka’s announcement caused a lot of controversy in the world of tennis and sports. and other players In particular, 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and No. 1 Ash Barty have said they respect Osaka’s right to insist. but explained that they considered speaking For part of the event, she was fined $15,000 for skipping a post-match press conference on Sunday. After defeating Patricia Maria Tig
In addition to the fine on Sunday Osaka has received an astonishing warning from all four Grand Slams that she may face tougher penalties. This includes disqualification or even suspension of the match. If you keep avoiding the media
Osaka, who is scheduled to play Ana Bogdan in the second round Wednesday, said she hopes she will talk to officials from the WTA when she returns.
“I want to work with Tour to discuss how we can make things better for the players, the press and the fans,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.