/ 01 June 2021

Osaka’s out

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has quit the French Open after clashing with officials over her refusal to speak to the media during the tournament. In a tweet early this morning, Osaka apologised for the timing and said “my message could have been clearer”, but she was feeling “vulnerable and anxious” leading into the comp and thought it was “better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences”. She’ll now take some time off, but she wants to work with officials to “make things better for the players, press and fans”. Last week, the 4-time grand slam winner said that she didn’t want to face the press for mental health reasons and was fined almost $20,000 after her round one win over Patricia Tig. Stay tuned for how officials and other players respond…

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