Naomi Osaka has decided to withdraw from the ongoing French Open Tournament at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, citing mental health issues.
After her opening-round win against Patricia Maria Tig, Naomi refused to grant any press interviews. Of course, many journalists expressed their discontent with the latest Australian Open winner.
The organizers of the tourney slammed a hefty fine of $15,000 in her face. They later disclosed that she will continue incurring more costs if she continues shirking her media responsibilities and possibly be suspended indefinitely.
To prevent the saga from further escalating, she took to her Twitter in a long post stating her decision to withdraw from the ongoing tournament which is set to end on June 13th 2021.
She disclosed how she’s been battling depression since the US Open 2018 and how difficult the journey has been.
Her inability to keep up with heightening social anxiety influenced her decision to end her season abruptly. She also stated she has written an official apology to the organizers of the tournament.
“I’m gonna take some time away from 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, press and fans” she stated further in her post.
Many fans have applauded her bravery and how she has prioritized her mental health above all else. Others are also indifferent with how she handled the whole situation citing why she should be allowed to withdraw whilst the other competitors fulfil their contracts.
Naomi hopes to return back to court soon and fans are looking forward to it.