Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has said that she is not going to speak to the media during this year’s French Open. She said that the nature of news conferences puts an undue burden on players’ mental health.
Osaka,who is the highest-earning female athlete wrote a social media post saying the “considerable amount” that she expects to be fined will go towards a mental health charity.
“I am writing this to say I’m not going to do any press during Roland Garros,” Osaka wrote on her official Twitter account.
“I have often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.
“We’re often sat there and asked questions that we’ve been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me.
“I’ve watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room and I know you have as well. I believe that whole situation is kicking a person while they’re down and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it.”
The French Open main draw begins on Sunday with the tournament due to end on June 13.
Osaka, 23, heads into the clay-court tournament having won the last two Grand Slams at the US Open and Australian Open, but she has yet to make it beyond the third round at Roland Garros.