Naomi Osaka stated Monday she was withdrawing from the French Open following the bitter fall-out from her determination to boycott all media exercise on the Grand Slam occasion, revealing she has “suffered long bouts of depression” and can now “take some time away from the court”.
“The best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” the world quantity two wrote on Twitter.
The 23-year-old Japanese star was fined $15,000 on Sunday and threatened with disqualification after she refused to hold out a compulsory information convention following her first spherical win.
She claimed on the eve of Roland Garros that such post-match inquests had been akin to “kicking people when they are down” and that that they had a detrimental impact on her psychological well being.
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer,” the four-time Grand Slam title winner stated in her assertion.
“The truth is I have suffered bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”
She added: “In Paris, I used to be already feeling susceptible and anxious so I assumed it was higher to train self-care and skip the press conferences.
“I announced it preemptively because I do feel like the rules are quite out-dated in parts and I wanted to highlight that.”
Osaka stated she has additionally apologised to organisers over the affair which has dominated the early phases of the French Open ever since she warned final week that she wouldn’t perform any media exercise.
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French Tennis Federation president Gilles Moretton has described her vow of silence as “a phenomenal error”.
The 4 Grand Slam occasions — Wimbledon, the French, Australian and US Opens — stated that they had written to Osaka “to check on her well-being and offer support”.
“She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of not meeting them and that rules should equally apply to all players.”
Highest incomes feminine athlete
Osaka is the world’s highest-earning feminine athlete, making $37.4 million in 2020.
She burst onto the scene in 2018 with a maiden Slam win on the US Open. She has gone on to win one other title in New York in addition to two Australian Opens.
Earlier Monday, Osaka’s coach stated she needed to make use of her famous person standing to pressure change along with her media boycott.
“Naomi has the opportunity to use her status to address problems and to initiate things,” Osaka’s Belgian coach Wim Fissette advised German journal Der Spiegel.
“In the United States, the topic could be very topical for the time being, as athletes need extra freedom in coping with the press.
“So that they are simply not threatened right away with punishment if they don’t feel well for a day.”
Mari Osaka, a former participant herself, stated her sister was struggling to manage within the run-up to Paris.
“Naomi mentioned to me before the tournament that a family member had come up to her and remarked that she’s bad on clay,” Mari wrote on Reddit.
“At each press convention she’s advised she has a nasty document on clay.
“When she lost in Rome, she was not OK mentally. She was completely shattered and I think everyone’s remarks and opinions have gotten to her head and she herself believed that she was bad on clay.”