Naomi Osaka created a firestorm when she boycotted press conferences ahead of Roland Garros, but she ultimately opened up to fury.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka broke her silence after retiring from Roland Garros and Wimbledon in an essay for the Olympic issue of Time Magazine.
Osaka sparked an international storm when she announced she would not be doing any press conferences at Roland Garros, citing a lack of mental health care for athletes.
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It was a position that divided tennis and the sports world in general as other players distanced themselves from Osaka’s comments.
After the Grand Slam tournaments threatened to disqualify Osaka, the world number 2 withdrew from Roland Garros after being fined following her first round match. She also withdrew from Wimbledon.
But the 23-year-old Japanese star is set to return to the sport at the Olympics, where she has revealed she will attend press conferences.
But in an essay with Time Magazine, Osaka shared some thoughts on the chaos that followed his position at Roland Garros.
Osaka began with the lesson “You can never please everyone”, stating that the world is so divided.
“When I said I had to miss the Roland Garros press conferences to take care of myself mentally, I should have been prepared for what happened,” she wrote.
His next lesson was that everyone is suffering or knows someone who is suffering from issues related to their mental health.
Regarding the media, she said: “I love the press; I don’t like all press conferences ”.
“I always try to respond sincerely and from the bottom of my heart. I was never trained in media so what you see is what you get. In my opinion, the athlete’s trust and respect in the press are reciprocal, ”she wrote.
“However, in my opinion (and I want to say this is only my opinion and not that of all touring tennis players), the press conference format itself is outdated and in dire need of improvement. “to be refreshed. I believe we can make it better, more interesting and more enjoyable for each part. Less subject versus object; more equal to equal.”
Saying that she maintained her stance of boycotting press conferences, Osaka also called for the opportunity to “take a mental break from media scrutiny on rare occasions without being subjected to strict penalties.”
“In any other job, you’d be forgiven for taking a personal day here and there, as long as it’s not usual,” she said. “You wouldn’t have to disclose your most personal symptoms to your employer; there would likely be HR measures protecting at least some level of confidentiality.
She added that she felt “a lot of pressure to disclose my symptoms” and asked for “a certain level of privacy and empathy the next time” she faces the media.
Osaka called for a small number of “sick days” per year where
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The essay quickly gained the attention of many fans praising Osaka’s honesty.
But former talk show host Piers Morgan criticized the Osaka essay.
After calling her an “arrogant spoiled brat” after her withdrawal from Roland Garros, Morgan launched another tweet dripping with sarcasm.
“So inspiring to see the brave Naomi continue her self-promotion media tour in which she does yet another magazine cover / interview, in which she criticizes the media for not respecting her privacy better,” he said. he writes.