© Reuters. Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka at work throughout her preliminary suit versus Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
By Julien Pretot
(Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka can be tossed out of the French Open if she remains to boycott post-match press conference at the competition, the board of Grand Slam tennis competitions claimed on Sunday.
Osaka, that was fined 15,000 bucks for missing the press conference after her first-round success at Roland Garros, can likewise deal with suspension from various other Grand Slam competitions, the board included.
The four-times Grand Slam champ claimed previously today she would certainly not deal with the media throughout the French Open, pointing out psychological health and wellness factors.
“We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences,” the board of Grand Slam claimed in a declaration.
“As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament… and the trigger of a major offence investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions.”
The board advised Osaka that “a core element of the Grand Slam regulations is the responsibility of the players to engage with the media, whatever the result of their match”.
It included that “the mental health of players competing in our tournaments and on the Tours is of the utmost importance to the Grand Slams”.
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