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Naomi Osaka reveals she will boycott media duties at French Open
The world No 2, who is a four-time major champion, posted a lengthy statement on Twitter explaining the pressures athletes come under when faced with questions from the press. As a result the 23-year-old, who has never gone further than the third round at Roland Garros, insists she will boycott press at the tournament, insisting the 'whole situation kicks a person while they are down' and she 'does not understand the reasoning behind it'.
Judy Murray has sympathised withafter the world No 2 withdrew from the having been threatened with expulsion for not speaking to the media.
The 23-year-old fromsaid last week she didn't want to take part in press conferences at Roland Garros to 'protect her mental health'.
She received a £10,570 fine for not completing media duties following her first round victory over Patricia Maria Tig and then.
In a statement, Osaka revealed she had been suffering from 'bouts of depression' since winning the 2018 US Open, her first major title, and was planning to step back from the limelight.
French Open should just kick Naomi Osaka OUT over media boycott
Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 by Grand Slam organizers for boycotting a news conference following her first-round win in Paris. Fox Sports Radio host Rob Parker suggested she should have stayed home.The star was blasted by sports reporters including Fox Sports Radio host Rob Parker who said the French Open should have told Osaka not to show up for the tournament if she could not face answering questions.
And Murray, mother to Grand Slam winners Andy and Jamie, says she completely understands Osaka's anxiety about facing the media, adding the media demands on tennis players are higher than in any other sport.
She added that Andy received media training at the age of 19 to learn how to handle with the press conference environment but this was beyond the financial means of most players.
'Almost all of those [athletes] who had struggled with depression or anxiety said it was brought on by being thrown into then spotlight when they reached the top,' Murray.
'They were totally afraid of it, even though it is part and parcel of being a top sportsperson.
'Being afraid of the facing the press, being tripped up by a curveball question, being trolled on social media, the loss of privacy; these public-facing elements of the job are an underestimated source of stress.
'Disappointment and anger': Tennis reacts to Osaka
Naomi Osaka's decision to withdraw from Roland Garros has prompted an outpouring of reaction across tennis.Osaka quit the French Open after boycotting her first round press conference, as planned; which saw her fined and threatened with disqualification in a joint statement by the four Grand Slams. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner and the world No.2, revealed that she had suffered major depression and anxiety issues in the past few years, partly triggered by media appearances.
'How many young people do you know who would be comfortable addressing or being questioned by a roomful of very much older strangers?
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'It's hard for any young athlete, but especially so for girls. They look up and see dozens of middle-aged men, people they can't easily relate to and who lack experience of playing the game.
'When you step into an interview room, there are so many potential pitfalls. If you've won, you're excited and in danger of feeling so relaxed and happy that something slips and gets you into trouble.
'It's tougher, though, when you've lost. You're much more likely to become upset or to bristle at a provocative question - and we all know that anger, fears, feuds and gossip make for good stories.'
She revealed that Andy would study how the likes of Roger Federer and Andy Roddick dealt with press conference to set the agenda and get their message across.
Legend fears for Osaka's career after French exit
The leaders of the four Grand Slams have reacted to tennis star Naomi Osaka's stunning Roland Garros exit.The pledge came in a statement signed by the same four tennis administrators who threatened the possibility of disqualification or suspension for Osaka on Sunday if she continued to skip news conferences.
Osaka revealed her intention to withdraw from the French Open in an Instagram statement on Monday.
She said: '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. More importantly I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly.
'The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.
'Anyone that knows me knows I'm introverted, and anyone that has seen me at the tournaments will notice that I'm often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety.
'Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologise especially to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world's media.
Naomi Osaka WON'T be given special treatment at Wimbledon this month
Osaka has since returned to her home in Los Angeles as she begins her break from tennis, which has led to speculation whether or not she will compete at Wimbledon later this month.The Japanese star pulled out at Roland Garros after refusing to attend mandatory post-match press conferences and revealing she had been suffering from bouts of depression for three years.
'So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences. I announced it pre-emptively because I do feel like the rules are quite outdated in parts and I wanted to highlight that.
'I'm gonna 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.'
In response, Grand Slams promised to offer more support to players to deal with the pressure of competing at the top events.
'On behalf of the grand slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court,' read a statement. 'She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate.
'Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another.
'We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathise with the unique pressures tennis players may face.
If you can't handle the pressure, don't play the game
Naomi Osaka, 23, from Japan, who is the world's highest-earning sportswoman, refused a post-match conference. SALLY JONES argues being paid to play a game you love is worth questions.It was the trivial questions that irked him the most. Judy Murray, Andy’s mother, has revealed that he hated being asked ‘whether his shorts were too big, or whether he should get a haircut, have a shave or smile more often’.
'While players' well-being has always been a priority to the grand slams, our intention, together with the WTA, the ATP and the ITF, is to advance mental health and well-being through further actions.'
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A few years ago, a star athlete dropping out of a tournament over mental health might have been seen as a sign of weakness. Today, at least for Naomi Osaka's corporate sponsors, it is being hailed as refreshingly honest.That would explain why so many of them have stuck by Osaka after the four-time Grand Slam champion announced Monday that she was withdrawing from the French Open because she didn’t want to appear for the requisite news conferences that caused her “huge waves of anxiety.