Naomi Osaka gets fined for skipping Birmingham press conference


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Naomi Osaka gets fined for skipping Birmingham press conference

Naomi Osaka was fined $4,000 for not attending a press conference at the Birmingham Classic after her loss to Yulia Putintseva on Thursday. Meanwhile, Ashleigh Barty commented on what sports are most popular in Australia: "The most traditional one will be AFL.

That's probably the easiest one. You have a ball, you have a field and off you go. And there are so many incredible indigenous athletes playing Australian rules football and so many incredible role models. And I think if we can be a small part of putting tennis back on the map and giving them more opportunities to play tennis, that is what we are after."

Were there any indigenous athletes in other sports that inspired her when she was growing up? "I think, obviously, the one that comes to mind that's outside of tennis was Cathy Freeman. What she did for Australia.

She put the indigenous sport back on the map just in general across the whole globe. She was incredible. But there are so many amazing athletes in all different sports with AFL, cricket. There are some girls in the Australian cricket side, Ash Gardner was in the Ashes squad.

She is coming over here in a few days. It is pretty incredible now that you see these filtering of athletes going through all sports. It makes you pretty proud." With Osaka's loss, Barty has the chance to become the world no. 1 this week and claim the top seeding for Wimbledon.