Naomi Osaka Quits French Open Following Her Decision to Boycott Media Interviews

Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S

After tennis star Naomi Osaka previously announced a media boycott at the French Open, she is now withdrawing from the tournament altogether - citing mental health concerns. The four-time Grand Slam tournament victor addressed the fine in a tweet after her 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig.

Osaka initially revealed she was going to forego her media obligations due to their impact on her mental health. And to reiterate: She did participate in a post-match, on-court interview Sunday.

French Tennis Federation president Gilles Moretton said "we are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka that she has withdrawn from the tournament".

"She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of not meeting them and that rules should equally apply to all players".

"Following [Osaka's] announcement, the Roland-Garros teams asked her to reconsider her position and tried unsuccessfully to speak with her to check on her well-being, understand the specifics of her issue and what might be done to address it on site", the statement read.

Hours later, Osaka turned to her preferred method of communication these days, tweeting: "anger is a lack of understanding. change makes people uncomfortable".

"We want to underline that rules are in place to ensure all players are treated exactly the same, no matter their stature, beliefs or achievement", the statement said.

Russian Elena Vesnina, meanwhile, defeated Olga Govortsova 6-1 6-0 in her first singles match at a grand slam since taking maternity leave in 2018.

Muguruza's struggles are well captured by her very poor ratio of just nine winners to 40 unforced errors. "So it's good and bad".

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Many athletes, both in and out of tennis, applauded Osaka's stance, though many accepted that speaking to the media is "part of the job".

The French Open kicked off this week, and the Japanese superstar Osaka - the No. 2-ranked women's tennis player in the world - got things underway Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Patricia Maria Tig.

"Losing after being two sets to zero up, it's very unusual to me, and I have to think about what's wrong at the moment", said Thiem.

"For me, he is like a myth".

Angelique Kerber has won titles at the other three slams but her chances of completing the set appear remote after a third successive first-round loss.

Elsewhere, sixth seed Bianca Andreescu was dumped out after losing a marathon first-round match with Slovenia's world number 85 Tamara Zidansek 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/2), 9-7.

The Greek is widely tipped as a potential champion should 13-time victor Rafael Nadal or world number one Novak Djokovic falter.

A compelling battle of former slam champions was won 6-4 2-6 6-3 by Victoria Azarenka against Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won the title in Paris back in 2009.

German 26th seed Angelique Kerber, a three-time major victor, was the day's biggest loser in the women's draw, going down to 6-2, 6-4 Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina.

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