Due to a media boycott by her, Naomi Osaka may be forced to withdraw from the French Open.
Naomi Osaka could be thrown out of the French Open, which is sad but real.
Naomi Osaka has been informed that if she continues her media boycott, she would be disqualified from the French Open.
The four-time grand slam champion revealed before of the competition on social media that she will not be conducting any press at Roland Garros due to mental health concerns.
It did not go over well with the tournament, prompting an unusually forceful joint statement from the four grand slams, which warned Osaka with serious punishment if she did not change her mind.
Grand Slam tournaments have issued statements on Naomi Osaka.
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“We have told Naomi Osaka that if she continues to ignore her media obligations throughout the event, she may face further code of conduct violation consequences,” the statement stated.
Repeat infractions result in harsher penalties, such as withdrawal from the tournament and the initiation of a significant offence investigation, which could result in larger fines and future grand slam suspensions.”
After a 6-4 7-6 (4) first-round victory over Patricia Maria Tig, Osaka was fined 15,000 US dollars (roughly £10,000) for failing to fulfill her media obligations.
“The Roland Garros teams requested her to reconsider her position and unsuccessfully attempted to meet with her to check on her well-being, learn the intricacies of her situation, and what may be done to alleviate it on site,” the statement said.
The great slams place a premium on the mental health of players competing in our tournaments and on the tours. We have enormous resources committed to player well-being, both individually and collectively.
“However, in order to continue to progress, we need the players’ involvement in order to understand their perspectives and develop methods to better their experiences. The responsibility of the players to engage with the media, regardless of the outcome of their match, is a basic feature of the grand slam regulations, which players accept for the sake of the sport, the fans, and themselves. Nothing is more vital in sports than ensuring that one player has an unfair edge over another, which is sadly the case in this situation if one player refuses to devote time to media commitments while the others all keep theirs.
“Finally, all grand slams remain committed to reviewing and discussing opportunities to improve every aspect of the player experience, including with the media, in collaboration with the tours and the players. “However, we believe that this can only be accomplished through respectful and constructive discussions.”
“Anger is a lack of understanding,” the Japanese star posted on Twitter on Sunday evening, in an apparent retort. Change makes individuals feel uneasy.” Despite her media blackout, Osaka did give a brief and awkward on-court interview to the few hundred supporters who were allowed into Court Philippe Chatrier after her triumph over Romanian Tig. The 23-year-old, who boycotted the competition last year after winning her third grand slam championship at the US Open, said, “I’m extremely delighted that I won.” “It’s a very lovely court. I’ve only played two games here, one before the roof went up and the other recently. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue.”
“I would say it’s a work in progress,” Osaka said of her movement on clay, ahead of a meeting with another Romanian, Ana Bogdan. I’m hoping that the more I play, the better I’ll become.”
Petra Kvitova, who reached the semi-finals last year, averted a match point against Greet Minnen in the second set before winning 6-7 (3) 7-6 (5) 6-1.
Angelique Kerber has won the other three grand slams, but her chances of completing the set after a third straight first-round loss are slim.
The German, who reached the quarterfinals twice in Paris, was defeated 6-2 6-4 by qualifier Anhelina Kalinina, who has now won her past 14 matches.
Aryna Sabalenka, the third seed, is one of the most in-form players in the draw, having defeated Ana Konjuh, a former top-20 player who is recovering from major elbow problems, 6-4 6-3.
Victoria Azarenka defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won the title in Paris in 2009, 6-4 2-6 6-3 in a thrilling match of previous grand slam champions.
Danielle Collins of the United States defeated Wang Xiyu of China 6-2 4-6 6-4 in her return to the tour after endometriosis surgery.
Meanwhile, Russian Elena Vesnina defeated Olga Govortsova 6-1 6-0 in her first singles match since returning from maternity leave in 2018.
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