In a bid to as she says safeguard her mental health, Naomi Osaka has walked away from the French Open amid backlash over her decision to pull out of media interviews.
A decision that she says she did not make lightly considering all parties appear to understand that without the media and the press sports players wouldn’t get the attention that they need. On Twitter, the 23-year-old Tennis superstar announced from Paris that she would take a step back rather than complete the tournament simply because the idea of interviews was too much.
“The best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” she wrote. “I never wanted to be a distraction and accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.”