Naomi Osaka is out of Roland Garros. After being fined $15,000 (about R$78,000) and threatened with exclusion the French Grand Slam for not accepting interviews during the competition, the Japanese announced her withdrawal the tournament.
The number 2 of the WTA ranking mentioned that she did not imagine all the pressure that she has been suffering in the last days and talked about the tennis being left aside, while it became the main subject.
“This is not the situation that I imagined when I posted [informing that I would not participate in the interviews] a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, other players and my good thing is that I withdraw, so that everyone can focus on tennis, ”she wrote.
She further acknowledged that she could have left her message more clearly and went on to mention the athletes' mental health.
“I never wanted to be a distraction. I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. Most importantly, I never trivialized mental health or used the term lightly,” she said.
When mentioning his experience, he talked about his shy behavior and recalled the achievement of the US Open-2018, when he went through moments of depression after the final against Serena Williams. The 23-year-old tennis player also took the opportunity to apologize to journalists.
“The truth is, I've had long bouts of depression since the 2018 US Open and it's really hard to deal with,” said Osaka.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I am an introvert. Anyone who has seen me knows that I usually use headphones. This helps with my anxiety. The press has always been kind to me. I apologize to all the journalists that I may have hurt, ”she said.