Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open After Press Boycott Over Mental Health

Japan’s tennis superstar, Naomi Osaka, has announced her withdrawal from the French Open.

She made the announcement in a statement.

According to her, the decision to withdraw wasn’t something that she imagined.

She stated that “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.”

She added that “I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.”

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion had noted that she would not attend press conference during the French Open. She cited mental health reasons for her refusal to speak to the press.

According to her, she suffered “long bouts of depression’ since the 2018 US Open”.

But she was fined $15,000 by Grand Slam organisers for failing to attend a news conference following her first-round win.

Meanwhile, in her statement released via her official Twitter handle on Monday, May 31, 2021, she argued that “the truth is I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”

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