Naomi Osaka Taking A Break From Press Conferences
Naomi Osaka has decided not to participate in any press conferences at the French Open, stating they hold “no regard” for the mental health of athletes.
The four-time Grand Slam champion shared the decision on Twitter.
“I’ve 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.” Osaka said.
“We’re often sat there and asked questions that we’ve been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds,” she added. “I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me.”
Osaka went on to say that she believed that pressing an athlete on a loss was akin to “kicking a person while they’re down.”
The 23-year-old champion acknowledged she would likely be fined but said the decision “wasn’t personal” and hoped “the considerable amount that I get fined for this will go towards a mental health charity.”
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 26, 2021
Other famous figures supported her decision on Twitter.
“Sending you so much love and support.” Commented Ellen DeGeneres.
“Protect your peace my dear.” Wrote comedian and television host Loni Love.
“Take care of your mentals, young lady. Now, more than ever.” Added actor Jeffrey Wright.
Professional American figure skater, Ashley Wagner, also shared her support, posting several clapping emojis.
The French Open is due to begin in Paris on Sunday.
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