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Naomi Osaka Was Fined $15,000 For Refusing To Answer Press Questions At The French Open
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Naomi Osaka Was Fined $15,000 For Refusing To Answer Press Questions At The French Open


Tennis champion Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 on Sunday for refusing to give press interviews while competing in the French Open. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, stated in a Wednesday tweet that she would not speak with the press during the tournament because she has "often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health, and this rings true whenever I see a press conference."

She skipped her post-match press conference after beating Patricia Maria Tig in the first round on Sunday.

The heads of the organizations in charge of all four Grand Slam tournaments said in a joint statement announcing the fine that Osaka chose not to honor her contractual obligation when she said she wouldn't speak with the media.

The heads of the organizations in charge of all four Grand Slam tournaments said in a joint statement announcing the fine that Osaka chose not to honor her contractual obligation when she said she wouldn't speak with the media..They claimed in their statement that they have "significant resources dedicated to player wellbeing," but that despite multiple attempts, they were unable to reach Osaka.

The heads of the organizations in charge of all four Grand Slam tournaments said in a joint statement announcing the fine that Osaka chose not to honor her contractual obligation when she said she wouldn't speak with the media..They claimed in their statement that they have "significant resources dedicated to player wellbeing," but that despite multiple attempts, they were unable to reach Osaka..“We need the players’ participation to understand their perspectives and find ways to improve their experiences,” they said.

The heads of the organizations in charge of all four Grand Slam tournaments said in a joint statement announcing the fine that Osaka chose not to honor her contractual obligation when she said she wouldn't speak with the media..They claimed in their statement that they have "significant resources dedicated to player wellbeing," but that despite multiple attempts, they were unable to reach Osaka..“We need the players’ participation to understand their perspectives and find ways to improve their experiences,” they said..If Osaka continues to refuse to speak with the media, all four organizations have warned her that she may be barred from future tournaments for violating the code of conduct.

The heads of the organizations in charge of all four Grand Slam tournaments said in a joint statement announcing the fine that Osaka chose not to honor her contractual obligation when she said she wouldn't speak with the media..They claimed in their statement that they have "significant resources dedicated to player wellbeing," but that despite multiple attempts, they were unable to reach Osaka..“We need the players’ participation to understand their perspectives and find ways to improve their experiences,” they said..If Osaka continues to refuse to speak with the media, all four organizations have warned her that she may be barred from future tournaments for violating the code of conduct.. 

“A core element of the Grand Slam regulations is the responsibility of the players to engage with the media, regardless of the outcome of their match, a responsibility which players accept for the benefit of the sport, the fans, and themselves,” officials stated.

“As might be expected, repeat violations result in harsher sanctions, such as tournament forfeiture and the initiation of a major offence investigation, which could result in larger fines and future Grand Slam suspensions.”

“If the organizations can just keep saying ‘do press or you’re gonna get fined,’ and continue to ignore the mental health of the athletes who are the centerpiece of their cooperation, then I just gotta laugh,” Osaka said in a tweet announcing her decision not to participate in press events at the French Open.

The next match for Osaka is on Wednesday against Ana Bogdan.

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