The world’s highest paid female athlete wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday that she hoped “the hefty amount I will be fined for this will go to a mental health charity.” The French Open is expected to start in Paris on Sunday. Osaka is heading to the World No.2 ranked clay court tournament.
Osaka, 23, born in Japan and now based in the United States, has won four Grand Slam titles. This includes last year’s US Open and the Australian Open in February.
“I have often felt that people have no respect for the mental health of athletes and this is very true whenever I see a press conference or attend a conference,” wrote Osaka, who was selected AP Female Athlete of the Year in 2020. “We Often sit there and ask questions that have been asked many times before or asked questions that put doubt in our minds and I will not submit to any questions. people who doubt me.
Osaka added, “I’ve watched a lot of clips of athletes collapsing after a loss in the press room and I know you do too. I believe this whole situation is kicking a person while they’re down and I don’t understand the reasoning behind that. ”
She later posted a video clip of Marshawn Lynch’s famous “I’m Just Here To Get A Fine” appearance on a Super Bowl media day.
Tennis players are required to attend post-match press conferences at major tournaments if requested by the media.