Japan’s Naomi Osaka introduced on Monday she was withdrawing from the French Open after sticking to her choice to boycott post-match press conferences on the ongoing Grand Slam event.
Osaka, who’s a four-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked participant, had declared she wouldn’t converse to the media throughout Roland Garros and was fined $15,000 by Grand Slam organisers for failing to attend her media duties following her first-round win.
The 23-year-old made the announcement on Twitter. “I believe now the perfect factor for the event, different gamers and my wellbeing is that I withdraw so that everybody can get again to focussing on the tennis.”
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
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