Tennis champion Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 on Sunday for refusing to give press interviews while competing at Roland Garros. Four-time Grand Slam winner Osaka said on Wednesday Tweeter that she would not speak to the press during the tournament because she “often felt that people had no regard for the mental health of athletes and that rings true every time I see a press conference or participates in a “.
She skipped her post-match press conference after her first round victory over Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday.
In a joint declaration announcing the fine, officials of the organizations in charge of the four Grand Slam tournaments said Osaka chose not to honor its contractual obligation when it announced it would not speak to the media. In their statement, they said they had “significant resources dedicated to the well-being of the players,” but claimed they were unable to reach Osaka after several attempts. “We need the engagement of the players to understand their point of view and find ways to improve their experiences,” they said. The four organizations have warned that Osaka could be suspended from future tournaments for violating the code of conduct if it continues to refuse to speak to the media.
“A central element of the Grand Slam rules is the players’ responsibility to engage with the media, regardless of the outcome of their match, a responsibility that the players take on for the good of the sport, the fans and for themselves. “the officials said. .
As might be expected, repeated violations result in tougher penalties, including tournament default and the initiation of a major infraction investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future suspensions of the Grand. Slam.”
In her tweet announcing that she would not be attending press events at Roland Garros, Osaka addressed her impending fine. “If organizations can just keep saying ‘get the press or you’re going to be fined’ and continue to ignore the mental health of the athletes who are the centerpiece of their cooperation, then I just have to laugh.”
Osaka’s next game, against Ana Bogdan, is scheduled for Wednesday.
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