Why did Naomi Osaka withdraw from French Open? Tennis star explains sudden decision to step away

The 23-year-old tennis star and four-time Grand Slam champion confirmed that she would withdraw from the tournament at Roland Garros ahead of her second-round matchup against Ana Bogdan. Naomi Osaka’s 2021 French Open has come to an end.

In a Twitter post, Osaka nitty gritty her choice to take such an action in the wake of declining to converse with the media and uncovered that she has “endured long episodes of sadness” since the 2018 U.S. Open.

A couple parts of Osaka’s statement stand out above all. The first is when she explained her own mental health issues and why speaking to the media brings on “huge waves of anxiety.”

Truly I have endured long episodes of sadness since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a truly difficult time adapting to that. Anybody that realizes me realizes I’m independent, and anybody that has seen me at the competitions will see that I’m regularly wearing earphones as that dulls my social uneasiness. Despite the fact that the tennis press has consistently been sorts to me (and I wanna apologize particularly to every one of the cool writers who I may have harmed), I am not a characteristic public speaker and get immense floods of tension before I address the world’s media. I get truly apprehensive and think that its unpleasant to consistently attempt to draw in and offer you the best responses I can.

Osaka also outlined exactly why she instigated what effectively amounted to her media blackout. She was attempting to “exercise self-care” and shed light on rules that she believes are “quite outdated in parts.”

So here in Paris I was at that point feeling helpless and restless, so I thought it was smarter to practice self-care and skirt the public interviews. I reported it preemptively in light of the fact that I do feel like the guidelines are very obsolete in parts and I needed to feature that. I composed secretly to the competition saying ‘sorry’ and saying that I would gladly talk with them after the competition as the Slams are extraordinary. I’m going to remove some time from the court now, yet when everything looks good I truly need to work with the Tour to examine ways we can improve things for the players, press and fans.

Obviously, Osaka and the Tour had been at chances about her media power outage. The four Grand Slam competitions delivered a joint articulation and fined her $15,000 for skipping media commitments after Round 1 of the French Open and compromised a default in the event that she kept on doing as such.

Osaka mourned that her “message might have been more clear” in her assertion, so doubtlessly the different sides have a ton to discuss pushing ahead if Osaka needs a portion of the “obsolete” media rules to change.

Yet, until further notice, the No. 2 part on the planet will pass on the greatest earth court occasion of the year. Prior to pulling out, Osaka beat Patricia Maria Tig in two sets, (6-4, 7-6).

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