Legendary Japanese women’s tennis star Naomi Osaka refused to attend a post-match press conference (‘Boycotting Media’) at the second Grand Slam French Open of the year currently released. They were also fined because of this. Osaka later withdrew from the Grand Slam. Osaka had already said before the tournament that she would not attend the press conference due to mental health. India’s women’s cricket team was scheduled to tour England on Tuesday. In an earlier press conference, team captain Mithali Raj also questioned whether she had ever had trouble talking to the media in her long career.
Mithali Raj is one of the women players in India who is constantly facing the media and makes a clear point.
In response, Mithali said that women’s cricket needs the support of the media. she said, “I think it is very difficult for any player to stay in the quarantine.” But we don’t feel that way while going to tournaments. Personally, I have never felt that I should not go to the press conference because where women’s cricket stands at the moment, it needs the support of the media. The players need to help in advancing this game. So we must talk and promote the game. ”
Osaka did not complete mandatory media duty after its first-round match on Sunday, which led to a fine of nearly Rs 10.8 lakh imposed on him by tournament organizers. At the same time, a warning was issued by the four Grand Slams that they could be dismissed if repeated. The rules of the tournament make it mandatory for players to attend a press conference after the match
Now Osaka himself decided to be out of the tournament. On Monday 31 May, the second day of the tournament, Osaka announced her withdrawal from the tournament by stating her Twitter account late at night (Indian time). Osaka said in this long statement that she did not want to be a ‘distractor’ for anyone in the tournament in any way, so she is withdrawing from the tournament. Osaka said,
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
“For the sake of the tournament, the other players, and for my own good, it is best that I step away so that everyone can once again focus on the tennis going on in Paris. I never wanted to be a distraction and believe that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been more clear.”
Osaka has been struggling with mental health for a long time
Osaka also said that she has been struggling with mental health for a long time. The 23-year-old Japanese star told that since winning the US Open for the first time in 2018, she has been battling depression continuously and has had to face great difficulties in dealing with it. He also told that she always has to face restlessness before talking in front of the media.