Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open: What you need to know
Naomi Osaka, world number two Tennis champion, withdrew from French Open today after days of controversy over her not attending media events post her matches.
The 23-year-old champion said last week that she would not be doing media events to protect her mental health. She said that talking to world media gives her anxiety.
She also revealed recently that she had "suffered long bouts of depression" since winning her first championship in 2018.
She won her opening French Open match against Romania's Patricia Maria Tig but was fined $15,000 for not attending the media event.
Osaka released a long statement explaining the reason. She said, “This isn't a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. 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.”
Osaka had received support from many athletes, in and out of the Tennis world.