World No. 2 Naomi Osaka generated headlines when she did he retired from the French Open after was fined $ 15,000 and threatened with disqualification for refusing to speak to members of the media after a first-round victory.
The 23-year-old cited mental health reasons for her press boycott, and organizers for next week’s Berlin WTA 5000 ground tournament have confirmed that Osaka will not be playing here. This latest development raises questions about whether the four-time Grand Slam champion will compete at Wimbledon later this month.
“We have received the notification Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin. After consulting with her management, she will take a break,” organizers of the Berlin events explained in a prepared statement, to Reuters (h / t The Guardian).
Osaka, meanwhile, thanked supporters for their Instagram story on Saturday.
“I just want to thank you for all the love,” he wrote. “I haven’t been much on my phone but I wanted to jump in there and tell him everything I really appreciate.”
While Osaka has received a lot of encouragement from the pockets of players and fans, many people and commentators have responded that talking to the press is part of the job for WTA and ATP Tour professionals. It remains unclear whether Osaka will travel to the Wimbledon tournament starting June 28 or play in the Summer Olympics held in its home country of Japan.