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Why Naomi Osaka refuses to do press at the French Open

Game, set, no press.

Naomi Osaka has mentioned that she is not going to be taking part in any information conferences throughout the French Open so as to shield her psychological well being.

The tennis star posted the information on social media saying, “I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.”

The 23-year-old defined that athletes are “requested questions that we’ve been requested a number of instances earlier than or requested questions that carry doubt into our minds and I’m simply not going to topic myself to those who 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,” she continued. “I believe that whole situation is kicking a person when they’re down and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it.”

Osaka went on to clarify that she has been threatened with fines for refusing press and is keen to settle for them so as to preserve her psychological well being however has “hope the considerable amount that I get fined for this will go toward a mental health charity.”

According to ESPN, professional tennis gamers will be fined up to $20,000 for skipping a information convention at a significant event, and the official Grand Slam rulebook states that gamers are mandated to attend post-match media conferences except they’re injured or bodily unable to seem. 

Osaka has been ranked No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association.
Osaka has been ranked No. 2 by the Women’s Tennis Association.
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In her posts, the tennis champion additionally included a clip of a then-14-year-old Venus Williams getting grilled by a journalist, forcing her father to step in, and a video of working again Marshawn Lynch at an NFL press convention answering each question with the answer, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

Venus even commented on Osaka’s put up, writing, “Girl, do you. Your life is yours to live!” Venus and her sister Serena have been famously outspoken about the significance of psychological well being and have been fined for lacking press conferences in the previous.

A study published by the Sport Journal helps that media does affect athletes’ efficiency.

“That athletic performance efficiency is reduced by distraction,” the research claimed. “It is believed that distractions interfere with an athlete’s ability to focus.”

Osaka, who’s the second-ranked ladies’s participant in the world, has been in the highlight from a younger age, with all the things from her boyfriend to her look being mentioned in nice element.

Backing up Osaka’s claims about information conferences, after profitable the Australian Open in February she was criticized for an “awkward” interview blunder that acquired simply as a lot press as her win did.

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