A tennis Grand Slam champion could be thrown out of the French Open after following through on her threat to boycott press conferences.
Naomi Osaka has warned of her plans to boycott the media, saying it has negative impacts on her mental health.
The Japanese player already skipped the press conference after day one, landing herself a $19,000 fine.
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Grand Slam tournament players are contractually required to attended news conferences if requested.
As well as the massive fine, Osaka’s also been threatened with default and faces being kicked out of the competition if she continues with the boycott.
The money is expected to come out of her prize money, confirmed by the president of the French tennis federation, Gilles Moretton.
Osaka announced on Twitter earlier this week about her decision to skip out on press conferences and posted a follow-up tweet this morning which reads “Anger is a lack of understanding. Change makes people uncomfortable.”
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 26, 2021