The organizers of the US Open They assured that the journalistic attention offered by the tennis players after each game is “extremely important”, and pointed out that it will not change its mandatory nature despite the controversy that Naomi Osaka’s departure from Roland Garros aroused for refusing to speak to the press.
“Making players available to speak to the media is very important to our fans. There are no changes to our rules and they will be applied fairly to all of our players,” said tournament director Stacey Allaster.
“But there is flexibility in terms of the health of athletes,” he specified.
The statements come ahead of the New York tournament, which begins next Monday, and after Osaka did not want to speak to journalists after the matches due to his mental health, which ultimately led to his withdrawal from the French Grand Slam. .
Despite announcing that the rules of the US Open have not changed, Allaster did speak of the importance of the mental health of tennis players in the face of their appearances in front of the media.
“We have done it in the past. If someone has injured their ankle or they cannot go to the formal press conference, there is a medical evaluation and the doctors will make a decision,” he said.
Allaster also spoke of the possibility in the future to choose to replace the press conferences with a “less formal” format, that is, “the next day” instead of a few minutes after the game, or that a series of questions are relayed to the player through the communication department staff rather than in person.