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Naomi Osaka said there were 'mistakes' she did during her exit from the French Open in 2021

Naomi Osaka said there were ‘mistakes’ she did during her exit from the French Open in 2021

Osaka was in the spotlight in May, when Withdrawn from the tournament after refusing to speak to the media during the event, citing mental health reasons for her decision. she was $15,000 fine For not engaging in media duties at Roland Garros, in the hope that any fine money incurred would go to a mental health charity.

“I honestly feel like there were a lot of things I did wrong in that moment, but I also kind of live in the moment,” Osaka told reporters in New York on Friday before the US Open.

“Like how I feel, I’ll say it or do it. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. I think there are a lot of things I’ve learned to do better. Of course, I don’t feel the same and it will happen again.”

“I would say maybe think about it a little bit more in the way that, like, I didn’t know how big a deal it was going to be,” Osaka added.

Her decision to quit Roland Garros and take some time away from competitive tennis controversy On athletes’ relationship with the media, and whether press conferences work at the expense of their mental health.
Osaka said the format of the press conference was “outdated” and “in dire need of updating”. in an editorial She wrote for the July issue of Time magazine.

“I like journalism, but I don’t like all press conferences,” Osaka wrote. “However, in my opinion (and I want to say that this is just my opinion and not the opinion of every tennis player on tour), the press conference format itself… is in dire need of an update.”

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“I think we can improve it […] less subject vs object; More than peer to peer.”

After being expelled from the West &  The South Open of Jill Tishman, Osaka reflected that making the choice to go out and play
The world number three also grabbed attention earlier this month when she paused during a pre-tournament press conference at the Western & Southern Open after I started crying. after existence Knocked out of the tournament Written by Jill Tishman, Osaka reflected that choosing to go out and play “in itself is an achievement.”
Earlier this month, Osaka said it was. I feel more thankful for her tennis career, after seeing the appalling conditions in Haiti and Afghanistan.

The two-time US Open champion will be seeking to reclaim her title this year at Flushing Meadows, which begins on Monday, August 30.