On May 31, Naomi Osaka, ranked runner-up in the WTA and champion of this year’s Australian Open, announced his withdrawal from the French Open. This happened a few days after the Japanese announced that she would not participate in the press conference after the game. The contestants said that their problems were very depressed, and she did not want to be depressed. This decision caused an uproar in the media and caused Osaka to withdraw from the game.
-When I posted the news, I didn’t expect that I would be in such a situation. This was not my intention. I think that if I quit, everyone in Paris will focus on tennis, which is the best for the game, other players and my health. I don’t want to cause confusion, the Japanese tennis player wrote in a statement.
In the same announcement, she also explained the reasons for her withdrawal from the competition and the reasons for her refusal to contact the media. -I will never underestimate mental health. After winning the 2018 U.S. Open, I was also struggling with depression, which was very difficult for me. Everyone who knows me knows that I am an introvert. You can often see me wearing headphones during games because it can ease my anxiety. Tennis reporters have always been nice to me (I want to apologize to all the cool reporters I might offend), but I am not a natural speaker and I feel anxious before the interview. Osaka wrote that in Paris, I felt vulnerable and insecure, so out of concerns about myself, I decided to withdraw from the meeting.
Osaka quickly gained the support of world sports stars. “I feel sorry for Naomi and I hope I can hug her because I am in this situation myself,” said Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam championships. “You have to ask her to solve this problem the way she wants, which is the best for her,” Serena Williams said in a press conference after the game. Venus Williams, Coco Gough and Billie Jane King also expressed support. Other sports stars also support Osaka.
-You shouldn’t make such a decision, but how you can take it to the next level is really impressive that powerWho is, don’t protect yourself. Very respectful-write NBA star Stephen Curry on Twitter.
The organizer is completely dead.President’s hypocrisy
However, it did not get the support of the tennis authorities. The British “Guardian” wrote bluntly that this was “an embarrassing moment for tennis.” Recall that after Osaka defeated Romanian Patricia Maria Teague, the Japanese woman was fined $15,000. Most importantly, she received a warning that she might be disqualified from participating in the French Open and other Grand Slam tournaments.
“By exerting this unnecessary pressure, the organizers forced Osaka to choose between disobedience and possibly unprecedented penalties, or the extreme discomfort caused by contact with the media. Quitting the game is a way The choice to minimize stress,” the Guardian read.
The press conference of the French Tennis Federation President Giles Moreton also performed poorly. He doesn’t seem to understand what depression is related to. The president walked up to the reporter and read the previously prepared statement. In it, he stated that it was “painful and sad” for Osaka to withdraw from the game.
“We look forward to seeing Naomi participate in our competition next year. Like all Grand Slam events, WTA, ATP and ITF, we remain committed to the welfare of all athletes and continue to improve all aspects of the athlete experience, including the media.” Moreton said. He then left the meeting, not allowing reporters to ask questions. Recall that the same person commented that Osaka’s decision not to attend the meeting was “unacceptable” and “a huge mistake.”
The president was severely criticized by many reporters. “Ironic”, “hypocrisy”, “PR Newcomer of the Year”, “Suicide”-these are just some of the terms that appear on social media. The chairperson’s meeting clearly showed that the organizers responded very badly to this situation.