Naomi Osaka fined $ 15,000 for skipping the French Open press convention on psychological well being grounds

Earlier this week, Naomi Osaka announced on social media that she would not be attending any press conferences during the French Open for mental health reasons. In her statement, she said, “I have often felt that people do not consider the mental health of athletes, and this is very true when I watch or attend a press conference.”

She was fined $ 15,000 on Sunday for failing to attend a mandatory press conference following her first-round win at the French Open.

According to ESPN, the Grand Slam tournaments, which include Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open, and the French Open, released a statement saying that after her statement they spoke to Naomi and reminded her of the consequences that came in The rules of 2021 should reject them.

They said: “As is to be expected, repeated violations will result in more severe penalties, including cancellation of the tournament (Code of Conduct, Article III T.) and triggering a serious criminal investigation leading to higher fines and future Grand Slam suspensions (Code ) could lead to Article IV A.3.). ”

The statement went on to say: “We want to underline that rules are in place to ensure that all players, regardless of their stature, beliefs or performance, are treated exactly the same. As a sport, there is nothing more important than ensuring that no player has an unfair advantage over another, which unfortunately is the case in this situation when one player refuses to devote time to participating in media commitments while everyone else is honoring their commitments . “

Following the news of the $ 15,000 fine, he said, “Anger is a lack of understanding. Change makes people uncomfortable. “

Anger is a lack of understanding. Change makes people uncomfortable.

– Naomi Osaka Naomi Osaka (@naomiosaka) May 30, 2021

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