/ 18 August 2021

Osaka’s media phobia in focus again

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Until yesterday, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka had not faced the press since she pulled out of the French Open in May. To recap: she refused to participate in the mandated press conferences saying they contributed to her anxiety and depression. When that turned into a thing, she withdrew. And yesterday, as she prepared for the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, she left her press conference in tears after being asked by a journalist about balancing the benefits that come from having a “media platform” with the fact that she’s “not crazy about dealing with us”. The tearful 23yo left the room, but she returned to say that she is “figuring it out”. Osaka’s team accused the journo of being a “bully”, but others argued the question was reasonable. It’s unclear whether Osaka was required to attend the presser or if she’ll boycott the mandatory post-match chats going forward.

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