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Naomi Osaka Is Contacted By Wimbledon Regarding Media Operations.
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Naomi Osaka Is Contacted By Wimbledon Regarding Media Operations.


Naomi Osaka is getting a lot of attention.

After she withdrew from the French Open, Wimbledon organizers “began a consultation” with the tennis star and others about media operations.

Osaka sparked outrage when she skipped press conferences in Paris, claiming she needed to protect her mental health in a negative environment, and she later dropped out of the tournament, revealing she had suffered from social anxiety and "long bouts" of depression since becoming famous.

“We have spoken to her team in the last few weeks,” All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton told the BBC on Thursday, “so yes, we are certainly continuing to engage with Naomi’s team, as we are with all players.”

“We have begun a consultation,” Bolton added, adding, “Of course, that consultation must include not only the players, but also the media and everyone else involved in that space.”

The London tournament's reach also makes good business sense. Osaka, ranked No. 2 in the Women's Tennis Association, is one of the marquee players, having won four Grand Slam singles titles, but her status for Wimbledon became more doubtful after she withdrew from the grass-court German Open last week.

Reuters reported that Wimbledon director Jamie Baker told Osaka's team on Wednesday that the tournament was "completely open for any discussions."

According to the BBC, Baker added, "Hopefully, it goes without saying that we want the best players competing here regardless of what."

Wimbledon gets underway on June 28th.

Since May 31, Osaka hasn't posted on Instagram or Twitter.

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