Naomi Osaka – French Open 2021: Naomi Osaka has thanked fans “for all the love” she has received since her withdrawal from the French Open. The four-time Grand Slam champion pulled out on Monday after controversy over her refusal to speak to media at the event to protect her mental health.
The Japanese revealed she had “suffered long bouts of depression” and has received widespread support.
“Haven’t been on my phone much but I wanted to hop on here and tell you all that I really appreciate it,” she said.
In what was her first social media activity since leaving Roland Garros, Osaka wrote the short message in an Instagram story.
It offered no clues as to when the world number two might be back on the court after she said on Monday that she would be taking some time away.
Naomi Osaka: Question marks over Osaka’s Wimbledon participation too? Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli says there are big question marks about whether or not Naomi Osaka will play at the grass-court championships this year after her withdrawal from the French Open, citing mental health issues.
Japan’s Osaka pulled out of French Open after refusing to attend the mandatory post-match press conferences and later revealing she had been suffering from bouts of depression for several years.
Her decision has turned the spotlight on the media demands on tennis players and Bartoli believes the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) are trying to find a solution that could work for Osaka.
“We didn’t expect for this to happen, Bartoli told ITV Sport during her role as a pundit on Friday. “We didn’t think the situation was so bad with Naomi. I think the WTA is trying really hard to find some solution.
“The press conferences at the moment are not the usual ones with the press not even in the press room, and they all being done on Zoom, so you don’t feel like that anxiety you might feel when you have someone in your face asking a tough question.
“But maybe they are trying to find a way to narrow down to maybe three or four questions for Naomi’s press conferences.”