Naomi Osaka, the world No. 2 tennis player, has withdrawn from the French Open and announced she will step back from tennis after a controversy erupted when she skipped a post-match press conference.
Osaka, who won her opening match in the tournament on Sunday, also said she has suffered “long bouts of depression” since winning the U.S. Open in 2018.
The 23-year-old was fined $15,000 for refusing to attend the press conference and was warned she will face further consequences if she did so again. Under the rules, Osaka must still meet with the media for post-match press conferences upon request, reports The Associated Press.
In a statement on social media after her withdrawal, she said: “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.”
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing