PARIS, France: Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has left the French Open after failing to attend a press conference after winning the first round of the French Open on Sunday and was fined $ 15,000.
At the time, she was also warned that her refusal to meet with the press could result in her being expelled from the tournament, in addition to being excluded from future major competitions.
The four-time main winner said Monday in a Twitter post that she was retiring from the tournament so that “everyone can refocus on tennis being played in Paris.” He added that “it will take time out of court.”
Osaka, world number two, had previously said he would not attend press conferences while in Paris, in an attempt to raise awareness about the mental health of tennis players. He said the nature of journalists’ questions is like “kicking a person when he’s down.”
Osaka started the French Open competition, also called Roland Garros, with a victory over Romanian Patricia Maria Tig, after which she refused to attend the post-match press conference. However, she agreed to be interviewed immediately after the match.
The supervisory board said in a statement on Sunday that French Open officials had called on Osaka to reconsider its boycott of the media and that it had been unsuccessful in its attempts to meet with it.
“The Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open wrote to him jointly to check his well-being and offer support, underline his commitment to the well-being of all athletes and suggest dialogues,” the statement said. .
“She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of not complying with them and that the rules should apply equally to all players … Naomi Osaka has chosen today not to respect her contractual obligations in this matter. The Roland Garros referee fined him $ 15,000. “
Osaka, which according to sports company website Sportico earned $ 55.2 million over the past twelve months, has used the attention of its media to highlight issues of police violence and racial inequality.