Tennis star Naomi Osaka hit back on Sunday after being fined $ 15,000 for missing a mandatory press conference after her first round victory at Roland Garros.
Tournament organizers said Osaka had been fined for failing to “honor its contractual media obligations.” The quadruple winner of the Grand Slam tournament sent the fine in a tweet after her 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over Patricia Maria Tig, 63rd.
“Anger is a lack of understanding,” Osaka tweeted. “Change makes people uncomfortable. “
Osaka announced that she would not be attending any media events in an article last week. The 23-year-old cited mental health issues as the reason for her decision.
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Osaka acknowledged the likelihood of a fine in its initial post, expressing hope that “the considerable amount I receive for this will go to a mental health charity.”
In a lengthy statement addressing the fine, the organizers of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments said they had urged Osaka to reconsider its decision ahead of the French Open. Officials have warned that Osaka could face additional penalties, including disqualification from tournaments, if it continues to skip press conferences.
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“We informed Naomi Osaka that if she continued to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would face possible consequences for breaching the Code of Conduct,” officials said.
Organizers said the mental health of the contestants was “of the utmost importance to the Grand Slam,” adding that the disciplinary action was aimed at ensuring fairness.
“We want to stress that rules are in place to ensure that all players are treated exactly the same, regardless of their stature, beliefs or achievements,” the statement said. “As a sport, there is nothing more important than making sure that no player has an unfair advantage over another, which is unfortunately the case in this situation if a player refuses to spend time. time to participate in media engagements while others honor all of their pledges. “