Naomi Osaka responds after she was fined $15K for skipping the French Open
Tennis star Naomi Osaka fired back Sunday after she was fined $15,000 for skipping
a mandatory press conference following her first-round victory at the French Open.
Tournament organizers said Osaka was fined for failing to “honor her contractual media
The four-time Grand Slam tournament winner addressed the fine in a tweet after her
6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig.
“Anger is a lack of understanding,” Osaka tweeted. “Change makes people uncomfortable,”
Osaka announced that she would not participate in any media events in a post last week.
The 23-year-old cited mental health concerns as the reason for her decision.
In a lengthy statement addressing the fine, the organizers of the French Open said they
had urged Osaka to reconsider her decision ahead of the tournament. The officials
warned that Osaka could face additional penalties, including disqualification from
tournaments if she continued to skip press conferences.
“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,” the officials said.