The four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has announced her withdrawal from French Open following her decision not to speak with the press during the tournament.
Naomi Osaka announced to withdraw one day after she was slapped a fine of $15,000 by the French Open and warned that she could face removal after her decision to not face the press citing mental health reasons.
The Japanese tennis player had detailed the entire matter about how it feels of having the effects of her interactions with the press on her mental health.
“This isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago,” Osaka wrote on Twitter.
“I think now 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.”
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly.”
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
The 23-year-old player also added that she has suffered from “long bouts of depression” since the 2018 US Open final.
“Anyone that knows me knows I’m introverted, and anyone that has seen me at the tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety,” she wrote.
However, the tennis star has gained support from numerous public figures since her announcement.
On the other hand, two hours later Osaka’s announcement, Moretton read out a statement in French and English during a press conference, calling her withdrawal “unfortunate” and wishing her “the quickest possible recovery.”
Naomi Osaka outplayed Serena Williams then to win her first grand slam title in a controversial match that similarly led to significant attention and queries from the media.