Naomi Osaka has been fined $15,000 for missing her press conference after her first-round win at the French Open. She has been warned that she could be expelled from the tournament if she continues to miss the press conferences. Osaka had announced last week that she would not do any press conferences citing mental health issues.
“We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences.” a statement from the organizers read. “As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament (Code of Conduct Article III T.) and the trigger of a major offense investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions (Code of Conduct article IV A.3.).”
Naomi Osaka had a rather awkward interview on the court following her first-round victory in front of a few hundred fans on Court Philippe Chatrier. Before the tournament, Osaka said she wanted to take a stand on the impact that interviews had on the welfare of players.
“The mental health of players competing in our tournaments and on the Tours is of the utmost importance to the Grand Slams.” a statement from the four Grand Slams said. “We individually and collectively have significant resources dedicated to player well-being. In order to continue to improve, however, we need engagement from the players to understand their perspective and find ways to improve their experiences.”
The Grand Slam tournaments revealed that they were fully committed to reviewing different aspects of player experience. They maintained that this would only be possible with the help of respectful and constructive discussions. Naomi Osaka has not played her best tennis and is set to face Ana Bogdan in the second round of the French Open.