Tennis star Naomi Osaka, 23-year-old, said Monday she is withdrawing from the French Open revealing she had “suffered long bouts of depression” since winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018. This was her decision. But another thing she made produced administrative and financial effects. Last Wednesday, citing mental health reasons, Osaka posted on social media she would not participate in any news conferences during the French Open. Following this, Osaka was fined $15,000 for not talking to the media, Roland Garros announced in a statement. “I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers I can. So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences, the tennis star motivated. “Following the lack of engagement by Naomi Osaka, the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open jointly wrote to her to check on her well-being and offer support, underline their commitment to all athletes’ well-being and suggest dialog on the issue,” an official statement of tennis authorities explained more.
“She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of not meeting them and that rules should equally apply to all players,” the statement continued. Osaka, in a lengthy statement, said she “never wanted to be a distraction.” The announcement prompted support from 17-year-old American Coco Gauff, who tweeted in response: “I admire your vulnerability,” and told Osaka to “stay strong.” Other players have said they respect Osaka’s right to take a stance. Naomi Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion.