Tennis star Naomi Osaka fined, Roland Garros disqualification looming – Deadline

Tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 for missing her first press conference at Roland Garros and has been told further action could be taken if she continues to shy away from the media.

Osaka, 23, said ahead of the tournament that she would decline any media obligations because it would damage her sanity. She said post-game investigations were akin to “kicking people when they’re down”.

The world No.2 was fined Sunday after refusing to hold a press conference following her 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) first round victory over Romania’s world No.63 Patricia Maria Tig.

“We informed Naomi Osaka that if she continued to ignore her media obligations, she would expose herself to possible other consequences of violating the code of conduct,” a statement from the four Grand Slam tournaments said on Sunday after being sentenced. to a fine. “As might be expected, repeated violations result in tougher penalties, including tournament default and the initiation of a major infraction investigation which could result in larger fines and future Grand Slam suspensions. “

Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman are co-hosts of the 2021 Met Gala

The President of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moretton, previously described Osaka’s attitude towards the media as “a phenomenal error” and “unacceptable”.

All four Grand Slam events – Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open – said they wrote to Osaka “to check on his well-being and offer his support.”

“He was also reminded of his obligations, the consequences of not respecting them and that the rules should apply equally to all players,” the statement added. “Naomi Osaka has chosen today not to honor her contractual obligations to the media. The Roland Garros referee therefore imposed a fine of $ 15,000 on him.

Osaka later accepted only an on-court TV interview after his victory on Sunday.

“For me, playing on clay is a work in progress,” she said. “I hope the more I play, the better I will become.”

Later on Sunday, she posted a cryptic tweet: “Anger is a lack of understanding. Change makes people uncomfortable. “

During this year’s US Open, Osaka wore seven different masks that

At this year’s US Open, the professional tennis player Naomi Osaka wore seven different masks for each round of the annual tournament. The masks, which she began wearing at the start of the tournament on August 31, were called Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Philando Castle and Tamir Rice.

Asked by a reporter after this tournament what message she wanted to send, Osaka replied, “Well, what message you received was more the question. I feel like the point is to get people to start talking.

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