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Sport French Open fines Naomi Osaka $15,000 for not speaking at tournament, warns of further consequences

23:40  30 may  2021
23:40  30 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The French Open warned four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka that if she continues to avoid the media that she "would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences."

Osaka, the No. 2 seed at the tournament, did not speak after her match in the first round on Sunday, a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Patricia Maria Tig. She was promptly fined $15,000.

"Naomi Osaka today chose not to honour her contractual media obligations. The Roland-Garros referee has therefore issued her a $15,000 fine, in keeping with article III H. of the Code of Conduct," the French Open said.

French Open fines Naomi Osaka $15,000 for not speaking at tournament, warns of further consequences

  French Open fines Naomi Osaka $15,000 for not speaking at tournament, warns of further consequences Naomi Osaka, who has stated she will not speak at the French Open to protect her mental health, is fined by the tournament for not honoring contract.Osaka, the No. 2 seed at the tournament, did not speak after her match in the first round on Sunday, a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Patricia Maria Tig. She was promptly fined $15,000.

a close up of Naomi Osaka swinging a racket at a ball: Naomi Osaka in action during her match against Anna Schmiedlova at the 2019 French Open. © Susan Mullane, USA TODAY Sports Naomi Osaka in action during her match against Anna Schmiedlova at the 2019 French Open.

"The mental health of players competing in our tournaments and on the Tours is of the utmost importance to the Grand Slams."

Osaka could be subject to being kicked out of the tournament and "trigger of a major offence investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions."

Naomi Osaka hitting a ball with a racket: FILE - In this May 12, 2021 file photo, Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts after losing a point against Jessica Pegula of the United States during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome. Osaka's declaration that she won't participate in news conferences during the French Open is a natural topic for discussion on tournament media day in Paris. Other players say they understand Osaka's stance and respect her choice. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 12, 2021 file photo, Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts after losing a point against Jessica Pegula of the United States during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome. Osaka's declaration that she won't participate in news conferences during the French Open is a natural topic for discussion on tournament media day in Paris. Other players say they understand Osaka's stance and respect her choice. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Osaka announced that the she would not be speaking at Roland Garros, saying that it was a mental health issue, which creates a self-doubt with players who are forced to talk to the media after a loss.

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The official Twitter account of Roland Garros deleted a tweet, which posted a photo of other athletes participating in their media responsibilities. A caption read, "They understood the assignment."

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French Open organizers: 'We really tried to engage' with Naomi Osaka ahead of withdraw .
When Naomi Osaka announced she would not speak with reporters at the French Open, the event organizers said they tried to speak with her about it before the No. 2 ranked player ultimately withdrew. "We really tried to engage with Naomi several times, several ways, including on the practice courts, including in writing," said Amelie Oudea-Castera, the French tennis federation director general, via the Associated Press. French Open organizers said"We really tried to engage with Naomi several times, several ways, including on the practice courts, including in writing," said Amelie Oudea-Castera, the French tennis federation director general, via the Associated Press.

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