Naomi Osaka has officially withdrawn from the French Open, over the fallout from her refusal to show up to press conferences post matches.
The world number two announced a media boycott while she participated in the event, landing herself a massive $19,000 fine when she refused a press conference following her round one win.
She was then threatened with default, with officials prepared to kick her out of the comp if she didn’t comply.
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But, she’s beaten them to it, deciding to officially withdraw from the Grand Slam overnight.
She’d announced the media boycott citing mental health concerns. In a new post to her social media overnight, she says she hopes to address these problems with tournaments in the future, but for now, it’s best that she doesn’t compete.
“I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.
“I’m going to take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans,” her post reads.
Full post below.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021