Naomi Osaka Fined $15,000 For Refusing To Speak With Press At French Open

Written by on May 30, 2021

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 on Sunday for refusing to carry interviews with the press as she participates within the French Open. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, mentioned in a Wednesday tweet that she wouldn’t communicate with the press through the event as a result of she has “usually felt that folks don’t have any regard for athletes psychological well being and this rings true each time I see a press convention or take part in a single.”

She skipped her post-match press convention after her first spherical victory over Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday. 

In a joint assertion asserting the nice, heads of the organizations answerable for all 4 Grand Slam tournaments mentioned Osaka selected to not honor her contractual obligation when she introduced she wouldn’t communicate with the media. Of their assertion, they mentioned they’ve “vital sources devoted to participant wellbeing” however claimed they have been unable to achieve Osaka after making a number of makes an attempt. “We’d like engagement from the gamers to know their perspective and discover methods to enhance their experiences,” they mentioned. All 4 organizations warned that Osaka might face suspension from future tournaments for violating the code of conduct if she continues to refuse to talk with the media. 

“A core factor of the Grand Slam laws is the duty of the gamers to have interaction with the media, no matter the results of their match, a duty which gamers take for the good thing about the game, the followers and for themselves,” the officers mentioned. 

“As is likely to be anticipated, repeat violations entice more durable sanctions together with default from the event and the set off of a significant offence investigation that would result in extra substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions.”

In her tweet asserting she wouldn’t interact in press occasions on the French Open, Osaka addressed her impending nice. “If the organizations can simply hold saying ‘do press otherwise you’re gonna get fined,’ and proceed to disregard the psychological well being of the athletes which can be the centerpiece of their cooperation, then I simply gotta snicker.”

Osaka’s subsequent match, in opposition to Ana Bogdan, is scheduled for Wednesday.

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