Naomi Osaka withdraws from 2021 French Open

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Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the 2021 French Open, saying she believes it is best for “the tournament, the other players, and my well-being”.

The world No. 2 announced before the tournament that she would not be attending press conferences.

The Japanese was fined $15,000 after not conducting her post-match interview after beating Maria Tig on Sunday.

A statement from all four Grand Slam events later threatened the 22-year-old with disqualification from the event if she did not reconsider her decision.

“Hey everyone, this isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago,” Osaka said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“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 was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly.

“The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the 2018 US Open and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”

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