Naomi Osaka faces French Open disqualification for avoiding media
Written by tokyoclub on May 31, 2021
French Open organizers have fined Naomi Osaka $15,000 and threatened to disqualify her from the tournament after the world No. 2 skipped a press conference following her first-round victory Sunday over Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig.
In a lengthy statement, the board of the four Grand Slam tournaments said Osaka had been fined for refusing to “honor her contractual media obligations” and faced suspension or expulsion from the event if she continued to snub the press.
Naomi Osaka of Japan has a post-match interview on the court after her French Open tennis first-round win over Patricia Maria Tig of Romania on May 30, 2021, at Roland Garros in Paris. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Osaka, who sat out the French Open last year, beat 63rd-ranked Tig 6-4, 7-6(4) on the opening day at Roland Garros.
In a post on Twitter the same day, she wrote, “anger is a lack of understanding. change makes people uncomfortable.”
The 23-year-old winner of four Grand Slams announced on social media before the French Open that she would be skipping news conferences for the sake of her mental wellbeing, likening journalists’ questions to “kicking a person while they’re down.”