Naomi Osaka said she will be leaving the French Open following the bitter fallout from her decision to boycott all media activity.
“Hey everyone, this is not a situation I thought or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my interest is mine. retreat so that everyone can return to focus on continuing tennis in Paris.
“I really don’t want to be distracted and I accept my time isn’t perfect and my message will be clearer. More importantly, I will never ignore mental health or lightly use the term.
“I’m actually suffering from a lot of grief from the US Open in 2018 and I’m really having a hard time coping with that.
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m an introvert, and anyone who’s seen me at tournaments will notice that I always wear headphones because that helps to blueen my social anxiety.
“Even if the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I want to apologize to all the cool reporters who might have hurt me), I’m not a natural public speaker and had a lot of anxiety disorders before me. communicate with the world’s media.
“I’m really nervous and tired of being tense to always try to get involved and give you the best answers I can.
“So here in Paris I already feel weak and anxious so I thought it would be better to take care of myself and skip the press conferences. It was announced earlier because I feel that the rules are no longer old to those. part and I want to explain that.
“I wrote the tournament privately apologizing and saying I was not happy to talk to them after the tournament because the Slam was so bad.
“I’ll be late now on the court, but when the time is right I really want to partner with the Tour to discuss ways we can improve things for the players, press and fans.
“No matter how hopeful you are and stay safe, I love that I can see you when I see you.”
– Naomi Osaka Naomi Osaka (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021