The 23-year-old Japanese tennis player announced her withdrawal from the French Open following controversy over her refusal to speak to the press due to mental health reasons.
Naomi Osaka will not be playing at the French Open! The 23-year-old Japanese tennis player announced her withdrawal from the tournament following controversy over her refusal to speak to the press due to mental health reasons.
"I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my wellbeing is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris," she wrote. Also, the tennis player revealed she suffered "long bouts of depression" since the US Open in 2018 and had a "really hard time coping with that."
"Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize especially to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world's media," Naomi added.
She released this statement following another one she had shared previously (also via her social media accounts) in which she announced that she wouldn't be giving press conferences before the French Open (also known as the Roland-Garros).
"I'm gonna take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans," Naomi concluded.