Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open following a disqualification threat from the organisers after her refusal to speak to the media.
Osaka released a statement on her social media channels last week stating that she would not be speaking to the media at this year's French Open due to the mental health struggles that she has suffered in the past because of it.
The world number 2 has suffered with spells of depression and anxiety caused by speaking to the media since winning her first Grand Slam title at the US open in 2018.
She was fined US$15,000 for not speaking to the media after her first-round victory on Sunday. However, the Grand Slam organisers also reacted to Osaka’s decision, threatening to disqualify the 23 year-old should she not reconsider her decision.
Since the French Open’s organisers threatened to disqualify her, Osaka has now stated she will withdraw from the competition, further adding that she “will take some time away from the court” due to mental health concerns.
Author: Fred Dobberson