Naomi Osaka fined $15G for not participating in Media conference after first-round win at French Open

Rolan Garros put a statement following the game

Naomi Osaka adhered to her sentence about not attending the post-match news conference in the French Open on Sunday, but now she’s paying for not honoring media obligations.

Osaka was fined $15,000 by Roland Garros following her first-round victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday.

Rolan Garros put a statement after the match.

She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of not meeting them and that principles should both apply to most players,” the announcement read.

The statement continued:”We individually and together have significant resources devoted to participant well-being. To be able to continue to improve however, we want involvement from the players to understand their perspective and discover ways to boost their experiences. Each year we seek to deliver better experiences to our lovers, our players and our people, and we have a long and successful history in success within this count.

“A core part of their Grand Slam regulations is the responsibility of the gamers to engage with the media, regardless of what the result of their match, a responsibility which players take for the benefit of the sport, both the fans and for themselves. These interactions enable both the players and the media to share their view and to allow its players to tell their own story. The facilitation of media to a wide array of channels, both traditional and digital, is a significant contributor to the development and growth of our sport and the fan base of players.

“We’ve suggested Naomi Osaka that should she continue to dismiss her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to potential farther Code of Conduct infringement consequences. … Analysis that could cause more substantial penalties and future Grand Slam suspensions.”

Last Wednesday, Osaka declared in a Twitter article she wouldn’t participate in any media conferences throughout the French Open.

Osaka, the world’s highest-earning female athlete, also stated that she hoped that the”considerable amount I get fined for this will go towards a mental health charity.”

“I’ve often felt that people have no respect for athletes’ mental wellbeing and this [is] very true whenever I visit a press conference or partake in a single,” Osaka composed last week. “We’re frequently sat there and asked questions which we’ve been asked several times before or asked questions which bring doubt into our heads, and I am simply not going to subject myself to people that doubt me.”

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