Naomi Osaka withdraws from Roland-Garros
Naomi Osaka announced on Monday that she was withdrawing from Roland Garros after her decision to boycott the media became a “distraction”.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Osaka said his decision to step down was to allow people to focus on tennis at Roland Garros. She added that her “timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer” in her refusal to speak to the media and apologized to the “cool journalists” whom she disappointed.
Osaka also explained that she has suffered “long bouts of depression” since the 2018 US Open, adding that speaking to the media gave her “huge waves of anxiety.” Part of her boycott announcement was to highlight what she called “outdated” media rules, and she eventually wanted to work with the WTA to work on changes. She concluded by saying that she was planning to be absent from court for the time being.