Naomi Osaka Fined $15,000 For Refusing To Converse With Press At French Open

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 on Sunday for refusing to carry interviews with the press as she participates within the French Open. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, mentioned in a Wednesday tweet that she wouldn’t communicate with the press in the course of the event as a result of she has “usually felt that individuals don’t have any regard for athletes psychological well being and this rings true at any time when I see a press convention or take part in a single.”

She skipped her post-match press convention after her first spherical victory over Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday. 

In a joint assertion saying the positive, heads of the organizations accountable for all 4 Grand Slam tournaments mentioned Osaka selected to not honor her contractual obligation when she introduced she wouldn’t communicate with the media. Of their assertion, they mentioned they’ve “important assets devoted to participant wellbeing” however claimed they have been unable to succeed in Osaka after making a number of makes an attempt. “We want engagement from the gamers to know their perspective and discover methods to enhance their experiences,” they mentioned. All 4 organizations warned that Osaka might face suspension from future tournaments for violating the code of conduct if she continues to refuse to talk with the media. 

“A core aspect of the Grand Slam rules is the duty of the gamers to interact with the media, no matter the results of their match, a duty which gamers take for the good thing about the game, the followers and for themselves,” the officers mentioned. 

“As is perhaps anticipated, repeat violations appeal to harder sanctions together with default from the event and the set off of a serious offence investigation that might result in extra substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions.”

In her tweet saying she wouldn’t interact in press occasions on the French Open, Osaka addressed her impending positive. “If the organizations can simply hold saying ‘do press otherwise you’re gonna get fined,’ and proceed to disregard the psychological well being of the athletes which can be the centerpiece of their cooperation, then I simply gotta chuckle.”

Osaka’s subsequent match, towards Ana Bogdan, is scheduled for Wednesday.

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