Naomi Osaka gets support of all 4 tennis Grand Slams, release statements

Osaka pulled out of the tournament after facing criticism from the French Open organizing committee because she did not want to attend post-match media.

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open as she continues to battle mental health issues. (Image credit: Twitter)

All four Grand Slams– Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open have supported Naomi Osaka on her decision to withdraw from the ongoing Roland Garros. Osaka pulled out of the tournament after facing criticism from the French Open organizing committee because she did not want to attend post-match media. She said she did that for her mental health.

“On behalf of the Grand Slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court. She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate,” the four Grand Slams said in a joint statement.

This step is pretty surprising since the French Open social media page had mocked Naomi Osaka for boycotting media. The French Open tournament director also criticised her and fined her $15,000 for missing the press conference following her win in the 1st round.

But after facing backlash and growing support for Naomi Osaka, the Gran Slams extended their support as well.

“Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another. We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathise with the unique pressures tennis players may face,” the statement further said.

“While players’ wellbeing has always been a priority to the Grand Slams, our intention, together with the WTA, the ATP and the ITF, is to advance mental health and wellbeing through further actions,” the statement added.

Earlier, French Tennis Federation President Gilles Moretton issued a statement to apologize to Naomi Osaka. He said the FFT was “sorry and sad”.

“While players’ wellbeing has always been a priority to the Grand Slams, our intention, together with the WTA, the ATP and the ITF, is to advance mental health and wellbeing through further actions,” the statement added.

“Together as a community, we will continue to improve the player experience at our tournaments, including as it relates to media. Change should come through the lens of maintaining a fair playing field, regardless of ranking or status. Sport requires rules and regulations to ensure that no player has an unfair advantage over another,” the Grand Slam statement read.

We intend to work alongside the players, the tours, the media and the broader tennis community to create meaningful improvements. As Grand Slams, we aim to create the stage for the players to achieve the highest accolades in our sport,” it concluded. The statement was issued by Jayne Hrdlicka (Tennis Australia Chair & President), Gilles Moretton (FFT President), Ian Hewitt (AELTC Chairman) and Mike McNulty (USTA Chairman of the Board & President).




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