Naomi Osaka got a fine and risks the ban from the Roland Garros!

The Japanese won her first round match at Roland Garros 2021 against Patricia Maria Tig, but she only granted the on court interview

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Naomi Osaka got a fine and risks the ban from the Roland Garros!

Japan's Naomi Osaka had announced that she would not hold press conferences at the Roland Garros 2021. After winning in two sets in her first round match in Paris against Patricia Maria Tig, Osaka did not actually go to the press room, but only granted the short post match interview on the court.

The tournament management has decided to fine Oasak with $ 15,000 and the organizers have warned her that she risks further penalties, including disqualification from the tournament, if she does so again. Not only that, the Japanese star would risk other important penalties in the other Slams of the season.

The organizers of Roland Garros said: "Naomi Osaka has chosen today not to honor her contractual obligations to the media. The Roland Garros supervisor has therefore imposed a fine on her. We have warned Osaka that if she continues to refuse her media obligations during the tournament, it would expose herself to tougher penalties, including exclusion from the tournament."

Naomi Osaka got a fine and risks the ban from the tournament!

Three days ago, Osaka announced on social media that she would not hold press conferences, given the poor consideration by the media on the mental health of players. Osaka claimed to have seen too many sportspeople break down emotionally in lectures or be forced to answer the same questions countless times.

She said that she has nothing personal towards the organization of the French tournament and that she has generally friendly relations with the media. As for the fines she anticipated she would be given, she had said she hoped that much of the amount would go towards funding mental health causes.

In the short on-court interview at the end of the match won against Patricia Maria Tig, Osaka, talking about the match and her progress on clay-courts, said: "My preparation on clay-courts is still a work in progress, but more I'll play better I'll adapt. I still had good feelings."

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