Osaka retires for "mental health" and announces a temporary goodbye to the circuit: "I feel immense anxiety before the press"

The 24-year-old ‘number two’ had already been fined 12,300 euros for her Sunday sit-in with journalists.

Osaka, during his Sunday game against Tig.AFP

Naomi Osaka, embroiled in a fight with the organizers of Roland Garros for their refusal to participate in the press conferences, announced this Monday her withdrawal from the tournament, as well as a temporary goodbye to the circuit. “I do not feel comfortable speaking in public and I feel immense anxiety when I have to address the press,” admitted the ‘number two’ of the WTA ranking, who came from suffering a depression after the 2018 US Open from which it had been difficult for her to recover. .

“The best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I retire, so that each one can return to concentrate on tennis,” the 23-year-old Japanese said on her Twitter account. “I’m going to get away from the slopes for a while, but, at the right moment, I want to discuss the means with which to improve things,” announced the winner of four majors.

“Although the press that covers tennis has always been kind to me (and I apologize to all the sympathetic journalists I may have offended), I am not comfortable speaking in public and feel immense anxiety when I must face the microphones,” he said. Osaka, who on Sunday, after his triumph against Mara Patricia Tig in the first round (6-4, 7-6 [4[), no se haba presentado en la sala de prensa, por lo que fue multada con 12.300 euros.

“En Pars ya me senta vulnerable y ansiosa. Por ello pens que era mejor protegerme y perderme las conferencias de prensa”, aadi. “Escrib en privado a los organizadores para presentar mis disculpas y decirles que estaba dispuesta a hablarles despus del torneo porque los Grand Slam son intensos”, escribi.

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