French Open should just kick Naomi Osaka out for media boycott, says Fox Sports’ Rob Parker

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Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 for skipping the press conference for “ mental health reasons ” following her first-round win at the French Open on Sunday.

It delivered a stunning warning from all four Grand Slam tournaments that she could face tougher penalties, including disqualification or even suspension, if she continues to avoid the media.

And the star was blasted by sports reporters who said she should have stayed home if she couldn’t answer questions.

Osaka returned to Roland Garros after sitting out last year’s tournament and handed in a foul-filled 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig at Court Philippe Chatrier on Day 1.

She had declared on social media on Wednesday that she would not speak to the press and kept that promise.

Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 for not attending a post-game conference on Sunday

Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 for not attending a post-game conference on Sunday

Fox Sports Radio presenter Rob Parker was right, suggesting the French Open should have told Osaka not to show up for the tournament

Fox Sports Radio presenter Rob Parker was right, suggesting the French Open should have told Osaka not to show up for the tournament

Hours later, Osaka today turned to her preferred method of communication by tweeting, ‘Anger is a lack of understanding. change makes people uncomfortable. ‘

Her decision did not go down well with Fox Sports Radio presenter Rob Parker, who suggested that the French Open should simply tell Osaka not to show up for the tournament.

“If I ran the French Open, I’d tell her to stay home,” Parker said Fox Sports Radio. “I would tell her you need to take care of your mental health. You cannot come here and participate in what we do.

“I wish these athletes would stop this media attack as if we were the worst people on the planet,” Parker continued. ‘You would be afraid to live in this world without the gatekeepers and the people who look out for the little man and the little man in this world.

Hours later, Osaka today turned to her preferred method of communication by tweeting, 'Anger is a lack of understanding.  change makes people uncomfortable.  '

Hours later, Osaka today turned to her preferred method of communication by tweeting, ‘Anger is a lack of understanding. change makes people uncomfortable. ‘

Naomi Osaka from Japan celebrates her victory over Patricia Maria Èig from Romania in the first round of the women's singles at Roland Garros on Sunday, in Paris

Naomi Osaka from Japan celebrates her victory over Patricia Maria Èig from Romania in the first round of the women’s singles at Roland Garros on Sunday, in Paris

“This whole idea is mentally demanding to answer a few questions about tennis so your fans will know how you feel when you go into the game, like it’s so annoying … oh it’s so tough!” Scoffed Parker.

“I’m trying not to talk lightly about her mental health,” Parker said. ‘If she’s in trouble, stay home and get better! You have signed up for this! Go to work at the post office and people won’t ask you questions other than “How much does a stamp cost?”

‘This is part of the job. Really? Answer a few questions and then get on with your life. Is it really that stressful? Come on!’

Tennis players are required to attend news conferences if requested. The maximum fine is of course no problem for Osaka, the world’s highest-earning female athlete thanks to endorsement contracts totaling tens of millions of dollars.

“This whole idea is mentally demanding to answer a few questions about tennis so your fans will know how you feel when you go into the game, like it’s so annoying … oh it’s so tough!” Scoffed Parker. Answer a few questions and then get on with your life. Is it really that stressful? Come on!’

Thirteen-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal said he respected Osaka's right to take a stand, but explained that he saw speaking to reporters as

Thirteen-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal said he respected Osaka’s right to take a stand, but explained that he saw speaking to reporters as “part of the job.”

She viewed the issue as a mental health issue and said it can cause self-doubt if you have to answer questions after a loss.

“She is able to make her own choices and of course she will always do what is best for her,” said Tig. “I think that’s happening now.”

Other players, most notably 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and No. 1-ranked Ash Barty, have said they respect Osaka’s right to take a stand, but explained that they are considering dealing with reporters talking as part of the job.

The fine was reviewed by the Roland Garros tournament referee and announced in a joint statement by the President of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moretton, and his colleagues from the sport’s other majors: Jayne Hrdlicka, President of Tennis Australia, Ian Hewitt, President of the All England Club and Mike McNulty, President of the American Tennis Association.

“The Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open co-wrote her to monitor and support her well-being, underscore their commitment to the well-being of all athletes and suggest dialogue,” the statement read.

She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of non-compliance and that rules should apply equally to all players.

Naomi Osaka has today chosen not to fulfill her contractual media obligations. The Roland Garros referee has therefore fined her $ 15,000. ‘

Japanese Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Romanian Patricia Maria Tig during their first round match at the Roland Garros stadium on Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Paris.

Japanese Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Romanian Patricia Maria Tig during their first round match at the Roland Garros stadium on Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Paris.

Naomi Osaka released a statement saying she would boycott the press during the French Open

The world's number 2 cited mental health issues as the reason behind her decision

Osaka released a statement last week saying she would boycott the press at the French Open, with mental health concerns being the rationale behind her decision.

“ A core element of the Grand Slam rules is the players’ responsibility to deal with the media regardless of the outcome of their match, a responsibility that players take for the benefit of the sport, the fans and themselves, ” they said. . ‘Through these interactions, both the players and the media can share their perspective and the players can tell their story.’

They said they understand the importance of protecting athletes’ mental health, but also noted that “there are rules to ensure that all players are treated exactly the same regardless of their status, beliefs or achievement.”

According to the statement, Osaka had been approached and asked to reconsider her position, but there was a “lack of commitment.”

Osaka, said the group of Slam leaders, has been “advised” that “if she continued to disregard her media obligations during the tournament, she would expose herself to possible further consequences for the breach of the code of conduct.”

Referring to the rulebook, the statement noted that ‘more severe sanctions’ due to’ repeated violations’ could include tournament default and ‘triggering a major criminal investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions’.

The world's # 2 agreed to hold her interview in court after defeating Patricia Maria Tig, but later declined to hold a conference because she stuck to her promise to boycott her media commitments in Paris.

The world’s # 2 agreed to hold her interview in court after defeating Patricia Maria Tig, but later declined to hold a conference because she stuck to her promise to boycott her media commitments in Paris.

After her win, Osaka continued the dutiful exchange of pleasantries with a French Open “interviewer” on the field who listens to softball questions so spectators can hear from the athletes.

‘It is a work in progress. Hopefully the more I play the better I play, ”she said of her game

‘I am very happy that I won. It’s a beautiful court. I’ve only played two games here (on Philippe Chatrier), one for the roof and one now, so hopefully I will continue. ‘

According to sports company Sportico, Osaka made $ 55.2 million in the past 12 months. She has previously used her platform and significant media coverage to highlight issues such as police brutality and racial inequality.

Announcing her decision on Twitter to boycott news conferences, she said she hoped the “ significant amount ” she expected to forfeit as fines would go to a mental health charity.

Osaka drove past the Romanian Tig (above) on Sunday-morning with a 6-4 7-6 (4) victory

Osaka drove past the Romanian Tig (above) on Sunday-morning with a 6-4 7-6 (4) victory

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