Naomi Osaka threatened with exclusion from the Roland-Garros tournament

Japanese tenniswoman Naomi Osaka, on May 30, 2021 in Paris during the Roland-Garros tournament. AP – Christophe Ena

Tenniswoman Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 on Sunday May 30 by the organizers of the Roland Garros tournament. The Japanese, world No. 2 and with four victories in Grand Slam tournaments (two at the Australian Open, two at the US Open), was sanctioned for refusing to appear at a press conference, after beating the Romanian Patricia Maria Tig when she entered the running (6-4, 7-6 [4]). Naomi Osaka had explained earlier in the week that she would not participate in any press conference for the Paris tournament to preserve ” his sanity “. A decision which could therefore earn him an exclusion. According to the organizers, participating in press conferences is one of the “ contractual obligations From the players to the media. ” We warned Naomi Osaka that if she continued to refuse her media obligations during the tournament, she would face tougher penalties, including exclusion from the tournament. “, They said in a statement.

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