Naomi Osaka Fined $15k For Media Boycott at French Open

Tennis star Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 for not participating in the mandatory media interviews at Roland-Garros 2021. Osaka whose currently the world’s number two player tennis player, in addition to being the highest-paid female athlete, took to social media to inform “everyone” she will not be doing “any press during the Roland Garros.” The 23-year-old explained in her statement that she’s “often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.” She added that after the match, win or lose, players are “asked questions that we’ve been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me.” “I’ve watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room and I know you have as well,” Osaka continued. “I believe that whole situation is kicking a person when they’re down and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it.” ❤️ — NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 26, 2021 All four Grand Slam tournament sites released a joint statement regarding the fine and Osaka. The statement was signed on behalf

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