Billie Jean King Delicately Reminds Naomi Osaka Of ‘Accountability’ To Press

Former tennis nice and activist Billie Jean King gingerly reminded press-boycotting celebrity Naomi Osaka on Sunday that gamers “have a accountability to make ourselves obtainable to the media.”

Osaka, who has superior to the second spherical of the French Open, introduced final week that she wouldn’t take part in press interviews on the Grand Slam occasion to assist shield her psychological well being. She skipped the press convention following her first-round victory, incurring a $15,000 fantastic and a risk of match suspension.

“I totally admire and respect what Naomi is doing along with her platform, so I’m just a little torn as I attempt to study from each side of this case,” King started a be aware posted to Twitter, earlier than citing the constructive impression the press has had on tennis. “In our day, with out the press, no one would have recognized who we’re or what we thought. There isn’t any query they helped construct and develop our sport to what it’s at this time.”

“I acknowledge issues are very completely different now with social media and everybody having a direct means to talk their reality,” continued King, a significant determine in gender equality who shaped the Girls’s Tennis Affiliation and has received 39 Grand Slam titles. “The media nonetheless play an vital function in telling our story. There isn’t any query that the media must respect sure boundaries. However on the finish of the day it is vital that we respect one another and we’re on this collectively.”

Twitter customers appeared torn on the matter. Some sided with King whereas some accused her of being insensitive. Others applauded Osaka for making a stand. Many advised the tennis star merely decline to reply questions she felt have been inappropriate and others mentioned the media wanted to be extra accountable.

Billy Jean King and Naomi Osaka

Osaka’s sister, Mari, blamed the tennis champ’s media silence partially on repeated questions on her relative lack of success taking part in on clay surfaces. 


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