Naomi Osaka says she is leaving the French Open to follow a furious outburst for wanting to boycott all media events.
“Hey everyone, this is not what I was thinking or thinking about when I posted a few days ago. I think the best thing about this game, other players and my health is that I am leaving so that everyone can get back to the tennis that is taking place in Paris.
“I did not want to be disturbed and I admit that my time was not good and my message would have been very clear. Most importantly, I would not reduce mental health or take the name lightly.
“The truth is that I have been complaining for a long time since the US Open in 2018 and I have been having a hard time dealing with this.
“Everyone who knows me knows I’m interested, and anyone who has ever seen me at a game has realized that I usually wear headphones because it helps reduce my stress.
Although the tennis machine has always been a good thing for me (and I want to apologize to all the good journalists I may have offended), I am not a public speaker and I have a lot of worries before I speak to journalists around the world.
“I get very nervous and it gets me stressed that I always try to do more and give you the best answers.
“So here in Paris I was feeling awkward and worried so I thought it best to take care of myself and skip the newspaper meetings. I announced this randomly because I felt like the rules were out of date and I wanted to clarify.
“I personally wrote the contest and apologized and said I would be happy to talk to them after the game because the Slams are strong.
“I will now be leaving for a short time from the court now, but when the time comes I want to work with Tour to discuss ways we can do things better for players, journalists and fans.
“We hope you are well and safe. I love you guys and will see you when I see you.”
– Naomi Osaka Naomi Osaka (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021