Naomi Osaka has no plans to speak to the media during the French Open.
The three-time Grand Slam winner announced on Wednesday that she will not have media availability during the competition at Roland Garros, citing psychological concerns for herself and her teammates.
“I often feel that people are not paying attention to the mental health of athletes, and that applies whenever I watch or attend a press conference,” wrote Osaka, who was voted AP Athlete of the Year in 2020 I sat often there and asked questions that we have been asked several times or asked questions that brought us doubts, and I just won’t submit to people who doubt me. “
Tennis players at major tournaments are required to attend post-game press conferences if requested by the media. Osaka is young and will do what she wants. For now, she will be using her platforms to address her problems so the rest of the tennis community will just have to deal with them.