Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been threatened with disqualification from the French Open after refusing to participate in media appearances.
The world quantity two was fined €12,300 following her first-round victory over Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday, as a result of she didn’t seem on the scheduled press convention.
Osaka had stated on Wednesday she wouldn’t be collaborating in press conferences at Roland Garros to guard her psychological well being.
Gamers are required to attend media appearances if requested to take action, as per their contractual obligations.
A press release from the French Open, co-signed by the organisers of all 4 Grand Slam tournaments warned “ought to she proceed to breach her media obligations through the event, she will probably be topic to additional sanctions as set out within the Code of Conduct,” which may embody “suspensions from future Grand Slams”.
Osaka responded on social media.
On Wednesday she stated on social media: “I’ve usually felt that individuals haven’t any regard for athletes psychological well being, and this rings very true at any time when I see a press convention or partake in a single.”
“I’m simply not going to topic myself to those who doubt me,” she added.
The French Open organisers stated they’d tried unsuccessfully to get in contact together with her to debate the difficulty, and requested her to “rethink her place”.
The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open stated in an announcement on Sunday that they have been keen to assist gamers in psychological misery, notably because the pandemic has made their lives tougher.
“The psychological steadiness of the gamers who participate in our tournaments and who evolve on the assorted circuits is of the utmost significance for the Grand Slams. We mobilise, individually and collectively, important sources for his or her well-being,” they stated.
“Nevertheless, in an effort to proceed to enhance on this space, we want their cooperation in understanding their expectations and enhancing their expertise.”
Osaka is because of face Ana Bogdan within the second spherical on Wednesday.