Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open to deal with psychological well being

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open to deal with her psychological well being.

“I feel now the perfect factor for the match, the opposite gamers and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everybody can get again to specializing in the tennis happening in Paris,” Osaka wrote in a press release posted to her Twitter account on Sunday.

Roland-Garros introduced on Sunday that it fined Osaka $15,000 for not speaking to the media after she gained her first match of the French Open.

Osaka, certainly one of The Related Press’s Athletes of the Yr in 2020, final week mentioned she wouldn’t converse to the press on the match, citing her psychological well being.

She mentioned she usually sees individuals who have “no regard for athletes psychological well being,” including that “this rings very true each time I see a press convention or partake in a single.”

The match mentioned ought to Osaka “proceed to disregard her media obligations throughout the match, she can be exposing herself to attainable additional Code of Conduct infringement penalties,” together with default from the match and future Grand Slam suspensions.

The following day, Osaka mentioned she would sit out the match altogether and “take a while away from the court docket.”

Osaka, the highest paid feminine athlete on the planet, opened up about her psychological well being struggles in her assertion, together with her “lengthy bouts of melancholy.”

“Extra importantly I’d by no means trivialize psychological well being or use the time period frivolously. The reality is that I’ve suffered lengthy bouts of melancholy because the US Open in 2018 and I’ve had a very onerous time dealing with that,” Osaka wrote.

She additionally addressed her determination to not converse with the media on the match, writing that she will get “big waves of hysteria” earlier than chatting with the press.

“Although the tennis press has at all times been sort to me (and I wanna apologize particularly to all of the cool journalists who I could have damage), I’m not a pure public speaker and get big waves of hysteria earlier than I converse to the world’s media,” Osaka wrote. “I get actually nervous and discover it disturbing to at all times attempt to interact and provide the finest solutions I can.”

She mentioned she introduced this determination preemptively as a result of “the principles are fairly outdated in elements” and he or she wished to “spotlight that.”

“I wrote privately to the match apologizing and saying that I’d be more than pleased to talk with them after the match because the Slams are intense,” Osaka continued.

She mentioned “when the time is correct” she desires to “work with the Tour to debate methods we will make issues higher for the gamers, press and followers.”

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