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Japanese Naomi Osaka announced her withdrawal from Roland Garros on Monday. The world number 2 was in dispute with the tournament organizers over her refusal to participate in press conferences.
The world number 2 Naomi Osaka, engaged in a standoff with the organizers of Roland-Garros for her refusal to participate in press conferences, announced, Monday, May 31 on social networks, that she was withdrawing from the tournament and taking hindsight from tennis for a while. An unprecedented decision in the history of the French Grand Slam.
“Hi everyone, this is a situation that I had neither imagined nor expected when I tweeted the other day. I think the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I take me out (from the tournament) so everyone can refocus on tennis, ”the Japanese tweeted.
“I will be retiring from the courts for a while, but when the time comes I really want to work with the circuit to discuss ways to improve things for the players, the press and the fans,” she said.
“I never wanted to create a disturbance and I understand that the timing was not right and that my message should have been clearer,” she says.
“Long periods of depression since 2018”
“The truth is that I went through long periods of depression since the US Open 2018 (which she won, editor’s note) and I had a hard time recovering,” she continues.
“Even though the press that covers tennis has always been kind to me (and I apologize to all the nice journalists I have offended), I am not comfortable speaking in public and I feel like I do. ‘huge waves of anxiety when I have to address the world press, “said the 23-year-old.
“So in Paris, I already felt vulnerable and anxious, and that’s why I thought it was better to save myself and miss the press conferences. I announced it in advance because I feel that the rules in force are outdated and that I wanted to underline it “, she adds.
“I wrote privately to the tournament organizers to apologize and let them know I was ready to talk to them after the tournament because the Grand Slams are intense,” she wrote.
Naomi Osaka announced last Wednesday on Twitter that she would not participate in press conferences at Roland Garros to preserve her sanity.
Sunday, after her victory in the first round, she did not appear in front of the press and was fined 15,000 dollars (12,300 euros). The organizers of the four Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open) had threatened in a joint statement to exclude her from the Parisian Major or even the three others if she persisted.