Naomi Osaka “ knows it’s important to talk to the press, ” her coach Wim Fissette insists as he comes out in defense of world No. 2 after being threatened with French Open disqualification for media blackout to “ preserve her mental health. preserve’
- Naomi Osaka announced she would boycott the media at the French Open
- Osaka cited the effect press conferences had on her mental health
- 23-year-old coach Wim Fissette has jumped out on the subject for her
Naomi Osaka’s coach has tried to slow down the runaway train that has become his player’s stance in the media.
Wim Fissette added some context to Osaka’s thoughts after her sister Mari admitted to making matters worse with a social media outpouring.
It seems mixed reports are coming from the Japanese player’s camp in the wake of the Grand Slams who have taken a strong stance in threatening to ban her if she continues to reject press conferences.
Naomi Osaka has been defended by her coach Wim Fissette for her media blackout stance
The world’s number 2 could be kicked out of the French Open if she refuses to speak to the media
Fissette (left) said Osaka and other American athletes “ don’t want to be threatened with penalties if they don’t feel well for a day, ” and she “ knows it’s important to talk to the press. ”
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.
“In the US, the issue of athletes who want more freedom in their dealings with the press is very topical at the moment,” Fissette – a very experienced coach who has also worked with Jo Konta – told Der Spiegel.
‘They just don’t want to be threatened with punishment if they don’t feel well for a day. Naomi knows it’s important to talk to the press.
She doesn’t want to change things just for herself. For her it is a matter of principle: here too she wants to bring about change. ‘
Previously, her sibling, who herself had a short career as a player, had tried to present her sister’s side of the story with a post on the Reddit website.
“Naomi told me before the tournament that a family member had come up to her and said she’s bad at clay,” she said.
Osaka’s sister Mari (R) tried to defend her sister and her decision to boycott the press
Mari returned to her original Reddit post after an angry response from online users
At every press conference she is told that she has a bad track record on clay. When she lost in Rome, she was mentally ill.
Her confidence was totally shattered and I think everyone’s comments and opinions came to her head and she herself believed she was bad on clay.
She protects her mind, which is why it’s called mental health. So many people are picky about this term because they think you need depression or some kind of condition to use the term mental health.
Tennis players are not paid for press conferences. They are only paid when they win matches. ‘
Osaka agreed to hold her interview in court after defeating Patricia Maria Tig in the first round, but was subsequently fined $ 15,000 (£ 10,500) for refusing to attend her post-match press conference.
Mari’s original post explained the context behind Naomi’s decision to boycott the media
However, she later deleted the message, accompanied by a mea culpa.
Okay, so I f ***** it up. My words seem so awful to many people who think that taking care of mental health is strategic.
“I haven’t emphasized that Naomi is dealing with a lot of shit and is genuinely fighting for mental health care in my position, so now a lot of people take it like,“ She doesn’t want to hear any criticism. ”I’m sorry Naomi, I’ve probably made the situation worse. ‘