Naomi Osaka does not want to attend any press events for the time being. The tennis star announced this on his social media accounts. The Japanese accuses the media of complicity in causing mental problems.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka does not want to attend press conferences at the French Open in Paris. “I’ve often had the feeling that people don’t care about the mental health of athletes, and this is especially true when I see or attend a press conference,” the 23-year-old shared on Instagram on Wednesday (local time) and twitter with.
You will either be confronted with questions that have already been asked many times, or with “questions that bring doubts into our heads,” said the second in the world from Japan. At the same time, it is not allowed to stay away from press conferences because you would then have to pay fines. To accompany the statement, Osaka shared two video clips from press conferences by tennis player Venus Williams and football player Marshawn Lynch. Both have been fined for missing interviews in the past.
Osaka: press conference to “kick someone who is already on the ground”
Lynch therefore often answers questions with the sentence “I’m only here so I don’t have to pay a fine”, which can also be seen in the video clip. Osaka said she wanted to set an example against such fines. Her decision was “nothing personal” against the tournament or the journalists, she said.
She has seen many clips of athletes who collapsed after losing in the press room, Osaka said. “And I know you saw something like that too. I think this situation is just about kicking a person who is already on the ground and I don’t understand the reasons for it.”
The daughter of a Japanese and a Haitian, who lives in the USA, has already won four Grand Slam titles. Most recently, she won the Australian Open in February.