Naomi Osaka fined for not talking to media at French Open, dangers default for additional press silence

Naomi Osaka mentioned earlier than the French Open that she wouldn’t converse to the media, citing psychological well being issues. 

On Sunday, the heads of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments — the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open — introduced in a joint assertion that she was fined $15,000 for not speaking to the press after Spherical 1 and added that repeat violations may result in a default within the French Open and attainable future Grand Slam suspensions.

“We need to underline that guidelines are in place to make sure all gamers are handled precisely the identical, regardless of their stature, beliefs or achievement,” the assertion learn. “As a sport there may be nothing extra essential than guaranteeing no participant has an unfair benefit over one other, which sadly is the case on this scenario if one participant refuses to dedicate time to take part in media commitments whereas the others all honour their commitments.”

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Osaka mentioned in a social media submit Wednesday that she felt athletes’ psychological well being is commonly ignored and that in press conferences they’re requested questions that “deliver doubt into our minds and I am simply not going to topic myself to folks that doubt me.”

She famous that she anticipated to be fined a “appreciable quantity” however added that she was hopeful the cash could be used to enhance psychological well being.

“If the organizations assume that they will simply preserve saying, ‘do press otherwise you’re gonna be fined,’ and proceed to disregard the psychological well being of the athletes which are the centerpiece of their cooperation [corporation] then I simply gotta snort,” she wrote. “Anyhow, I hope the appreciable quantity that I get fined for it will go in the direction of a psychological well being charity.”

Osaka, the world’s No. 2-ranked girls’s participant, didn’t converse to the media after successful her first-round matchup Sunday on the French Open in opposition to Patricia Maria Tig, prompting the advantageous by the match referee and the organizers’ assertion. 

The executives mentioned within the assertion they reached out to Osaka previous to the French Open to “examine on her well-being and provide assist, underline their dedication to all athletes’ well-being and recommend dialog on the problems,” whereas additionally reminding her that she was contractually obligated to talk to the media after occasions. 

They mentioned all of them have vital assets devoted to the well-being of gamers however emphasised that it is crucial for the athletes to have interaction with them and share their perspective to assist enhance the experiences. 

“A core component of the Grand Slam laws is the accountability of the gamers to have interaction with the media, no matter the results of their match, a accountability which gamers take for the advantage of the game, the followers and for themselves,” the assertion learn. “These interactions permit each the gamers and the media to share their perspective and for the gamers to inform their story. The facilitation of media to a broad array of channels, each conventional and digital, is a serious contributor to the event and development of our sport and the fan base of particular person gamers.”

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