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ROLAND GARROS: NAOMI OSAKA FINED $15,000 COULD FACE SUSPENSION

Japan Naomi Osaka has been fined $15,000 as she did not conduct a post-match press interview following her first round win against Romanian Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday at the French Open.

The four –time Grand Slam singles champion had last Wednesday announced on her social media platform she would not or participate in mandatory media interviews citing mental health reasons. But the organisers of the French Open had with the all four Grand Slam Tournaments in a statement, said

“the Roland-Garros teams asked her to reconsider her positions and tried unsuccessfully to speak with her to check on her well -being, understand the specifics of her issue and what might be done to address it on site,”

The statement continued, “We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct Infringement consequences

“As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament (Code of Conduct article III T) and the trigger of a major offence investigation that could led to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions (Code of Conduct article IV A.3).”

In an alleged tweet post on its official feed the French Open had praised some tennis players that attended their media conference. However, it quickly started getting reactions from pundit and former French doubles world No.1 Rennae Stubbs describing it “humiliating” for Osaka. She tweeted

“I understand your attempt at making a point but this isn’t a good look,”

She added, “I mean, these particular players are a great look for tennis but making a player fell guilty & humiliating her is NOT a good look for a tennis fed.”

In the statement from the four Grand Slams added “The mental health of players competing in our tournaments and on the Tours is of the utmost importance to the Grand Slams.

“We individually and collectively have significant resources dedicated to player well- being. In order to continue to improve however, we need engagement from the players to understand their perspective and find ways to improve their experiences.”

Meanwhile, the four time Grand Slams singles champion, Osaka won her first game at the Roland Garros against Romanian Patricia Maria Tig 6-4, 7-6  (7-4).

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