Naomi Osaka (WTA 2) withdrew from Roland Garros. The Japanese reported this on Monday via Twitter. There has been a serious dispute between Osaka and the tournament organization in Paris in recent days, when the tennis star did not show up for press moments.
Osaka received warnings on Sunday from Roland Garros organizers that they would be banned if they continued to boycott the press. The Japanese said he did this to maintain his mental health.
“I didn’t think I’d be in this position a few days ago when I came out with a statement,” Osaka wrote on social media. “The best thing for the tournament, for the other players and for my well being, is that I step back. That way everyone can focus on tennis again. I didn’t want to be distracted and realized that my timing was not ideal.”
Osaka immediately says that her mental health problems have been going on for a long time. “Since the US Open in 2018, I have been battling depression for a long time. It was very difficult to deal with. I’ve seen a lot of videos of players falling in the press room after a loss. I feel like the whole situation is kicking someone who is already ‘down,’ even more down,” she wrote.
The 23-year-old Osaka won her first round match against Romanian Patricia Tig (WTA 63) 6-4 and 7-6 (7/4) on Sunday. In the second round, another Romanian would normally wait on Wednesday with Ana Bogdan (WTA 102).
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