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20th Jun, 2021

Tennis player Naomi Osaka boycotted press at Roland Garros to maintain mental health - pulled out of tournament as a result

Editorial Correspondent 2nd Jun, 2021 Updated: 2nd Jun, 2021

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NAOMI Osaka, the Japanese tennis player, announced that she would not speak to journalists at press conferences during the Rolland Garros tournament. Moreover, she believes that communication with journalists is harmful to tennis players, as it makes them doubt their abilities and hurts, often bringing athletes to tears after defeats. Osaka thinks that press conferences at the tournament are meaningless because journalists ask boring monotonous questions.

Also, the Japanese player sent an official letter to the organizers of the tournament, where she explained that she did not blame the journalists for the current situation, but this was her attempt to fight the established system.

Some of the journalists did not support Osaka, because communication with journalists is a part of the work and the organized practice for the tennis players. All the Japanese player’s results and betting tips can be found on bookmaker ratings.

Naomi was suspected of not wanting to answer journalists’ questions because she has difficulties in the season and wants to concentrate on her performances.

“I believe the current system is archaic and needs reforming. After the competition, I would like to work with tours and supervising parties to come up with the most suitable settlement to improve it”, Osaka says in a letter.

On June 1 Osaka, the tennis player who’s boycotting journalists, pulled out of Roland Garros.

The second racket of the world decided not to participate in the tournament after a substantial fine for refusing to communicate with journalists. Now she intends to take a break from performing.

Osaka was fined 15 thousand dollars, and the Grand Slam tournaments issued a statement and threatened the Japanese player with disqualification.

“I didn’t think I would find myself in such a situation when I published my post a few days ago. I think it would be better for everyone now that I stepped back and everyone could focus on tennis. I wrote a letter of apology to the organizers of the tournament and said that I would be happy to discuss this question after the competition”.

Also, the Japanese player noted that she would take a short break in her performances.

“I’ll take a break, but when the time is right, I want to discuss with the Tour organizers ways to improve the situation for the players, the press and fans. I hope you are doing well and you are taking care of yourself. I love you guys. See you when I see you.”, Osaka said.

Before the start of Roland Garros, Osaka announced that she would not communicate with reporters. The tournament fined her 15 thousand dollars for refusing to give interviews and threatened her with disqualification if this happens again.

Note that Naomi is the 2nd richest tennis professional player in the world. According to Sportico, her profits for 2020 equalled $ 55.2 million.

We should also note that Osaka at Roland Garros and Wimbledon did not go beyond the third round.

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