World Number two Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open after her refusal to speak to the media citing mental issues.
The 23-year-old won her first match of the tournament against Maria Tig and she refused to grant the mandatory post-match interview and was subsequently fined $15,000.
“This isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my wellbeing is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialise mental health or use the term lightly.
“I wrote privately to the tournament apologising and saying that I would be more than happy to speak with them after the tournament as the Slams are intense.
“I’m going to take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans.”
Naomi Osaka has won four Grand Slam titles since winning her first in 2018 after beating Serena Williams.