Naomi Osaka faces French Open disqualification for avoiding media

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We wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery and we look forward to having Naomi in our tournament next year.

Osaka says the current post-match press conference set-up is "archaic" and her stance is part of her mission to change the system.

In addition to Sunday's fine during Day 1 of the French Open, she drew a surprising warning from all four Grand Slam tournaments that she could face stiffer penalties, including disqualification or even suspension, if she continues to avoid the media. It takes seven victories to win a Grand Slam title, which she has done four times at hard-court tournaments: the US Open in 2018 and 2020, and the Australian Open in 2019 and this February.

"We want to underline that rules are in place to ensure all players are treated exactly the same, no matter their stature, beliefs or achievement", the statement said.

In the statement, the Grand Slams said the athletes' mental health is important and they are open to dialogue with Osaka and others on the topic, but they reminded her of her media obligations because they are required to treat all players equally. She apologized to any media members she had impacted with her decision. Before the tournament, Osaka announced she would not be doing press conferences due to her mental health wellbeing. "More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use that term lightly". We, individually and collectively, have significant resources dedicated to player well-being. The biggest stars of the previous generation - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Serena Williams - have regularly answered questions after each match.

Osaka is now the biggest draw in women's tennis.


Moretton said the four major tournaments, and the professional tennis tours, "remain very committed to all athletes' well-being and to continually improving every aspect of players' experience in our tournament, including with the media, like we always have". "The facilitation of media to a broad array of channels, both traditional and digital, is a major contributor to the development and growth of our sport and the fan base of individual players".

After her match, Osaka agreed only to a cursory on-court TV interview.

She was also fined $15,000 by Grand Slam organisers for failing to attend a news conference following her first-round win. As the highest-paid female athlete, she can afford the $15,000 fine and other fines that might come her way.

Osaka is in her prime as a player and quickly becoming the face of women's tennis, with her enormous skill set on the court and the 39-year-old Serena Williams in the twilight of her career.

Osaka, who was next scheduled to take on Ana Bogdan in the second round Wednesday, said she hoped she could have a conversation with officials from the WTA upon her return.

"It's much, much different when you suddenly get a success".

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