Tennis star Naomi Osaka was fined $15,000 Sunday for refusing to attend a post-match press conference during the French Open, and has been warned that she will face further consequences if she continues to do so.
While Osaka’s had a successful start to the tournament, she said previously that she would skip mandatory post-match media briefings during the French Open. Under the rules, Osaka must still meet with the media for post-match news conferences upon request, reports AP.
In a Wednesday statement on Twitter, Osaka referred to the obligatory news conferences as opportunities for “kicking a person while they’re down,” and suggested they were detrimental toward the mental health of athletes.
“We’re often sat there and asked questions that we’ve been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me. I’ve watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room and