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In stunning move, Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the French Open instead of participating in media circus

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 no...

Sports icon Naomi Osaka is forcing the community to come to terms with its media rules

Naomi Osaka has made it clear in the past that she values her mental health more than speaking to the media. Those comments though, and her outright refusal to do so, have the sports world up in arms particularly officials who feel she has no right to not speak to the media. The refusal came after an announcement from Osaka that confirmed she would not be giving any interviews during the coveted French Open. But the truth is most people are siding with Osaka on this one considering the pressure she is under. But according to CNN Osaka has now been find for her stance on giving media interviews at all. The fines may get bigger if Osaka doesn't address the media as she's apparently supposed to do so on a regular basis, though, it is unclear if tennis officials have made any v...
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