Ash Barty says she does not struggle with the media conference but she is not in a position to comment on Naomi Osaka’s condition.
Osaka did not announce at a news conference during the French Open that it was natural, if a little embarrassing, that Prand would have been embarrassed by nature to discuss the grand slam media day because it was done via video conference.
The Japanese star attributed the announcement of his boycott to the impact of the media conference on mental health.
“I think the press is a part of that kind of work,” said Barty, the 2019 French Open champion.
“We know what we sign up as professional tennis players. … Sometimes a press conference is difficult, of course, but it’s not something that worries me. …
For me, personally, it doesn’t keep me up at night with what I say and hear or what you ask me. So I try and make it a little lighter and you guys have fun, “
“It’s a little different for me, but I can’t personally comment on what he’s going through in Osaka,” Bertie said, “so I think you should ask him the next time you talk to him.”
Who knows when that will happen?
While bidding for the 14th men’s French Open title, Rafael Nadal also saw the media conference as a job and felt that the players would benefit from it.
“Without the press … maybe we wouldn’t be players today,” Nadal said. “We (we) are globally recognized, and we’re not going to be that popular, are we?”
World No. 2 Daniel Medvedev echoed the common sentiment.
“I know why she (Osaka) does it. I respect her opinion,” he said. “I, I have no problem” dealing with journalists. “
“I always try to get in the press conference, in a bad mood or in a good mood. And I think, sometimes even in a bad mood, I can be in a good mood after talking to you.”
At Grand Slam tournaments, players can be fined up to 20 US20,000 for skipping a news conference if they are asked to speak and do not.
This is not a controversial issue for Osaka, the world’s highest-earning female athlete, who raised it as a mental health problem and said she hoped whatever came out of her prize money would be donated to the area.
Osaka wrote on Twitter, “We sat there and were asked questions that were asked to us many times or questions that brought doubt into our minds and I myself do not go under the influence of people who do shit,” Osaka wrote on Twitter.
On Friday, the WTA Tour reminded Osaka of his “responsibility” to speak to reporters.
Excerpts from a statement attributed to the tour read: “The WTA welcomes discussions with Naomi (and all players) on possible approaches that can help assist athletes as they manage any mental health concerns as well as allow us to deliver. Our responsibilities to the fans and the public.
“Professional athletes have a responsibility to talk to the media around their sport and their fans about their competition, which gives them the opportunity to share their perspectives and tell their story.”