Naomi Osaka (2nd) shook Roland Garros after announcing her retirement from the contest on her social networks. “I think the best thing for Roland Garros, the other players and my well-being is to resign so that everyone can focus on the tournament again.” said the Japanese woman, who several days ago had made the decision not to speak to the press.
The Japanese had just won in her opening match against Patricia María Tig (63rd) by 6-4 and 7-6 (4). “I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is, I have suffered long bouts of depression since the 2018 US Open and I’ve had a hard time dealing with it. ” Osaka confessed in his message.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I am an introvert, and anyone who has seen me at tournaments will notice that I often wear headphones, as that helps to calm my social anxiety. Although the tennis press has always been nice to me ( and I want to especially apologize to all the great journalists that I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and feel great waves of anxiety before speaking to the world’s media. “ said the player, who had been fined $ 15,000 for refusing to speak to the media at Roland Garros after her victory in the first round.
Finally, the Japanese closed: “I announced it pre-emptively because I feel like the rules are quite out of date in some places and I wanted to highlight that. I wrote privately to the tournament apologizing and saying that I would be more than happy to speak to them after the tournament as the slams are intense. I’m going to take some time off the court now, but when the time is right, I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, the press and the fans. “