Naomi Osaka has been fined $ 15,000 for skipping her mandatory press conference following her first-round win at Sunday’s French Open and could face harsher punishments, including a tournament skip, if she continues avoids speaking to the media.
In one Joint announcement of the four Grand Slam tournaments, the organizations said they had written to Osaka after they announced that they would not participate in their media duties for the two weeks, and that they reminded them of the consequences mentioned in the 2021 rulebook, should they remember sign out.
The four tournaments, which include Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open, said there would be more and bigger consequences if she continued to deny her media duties.
“As is to be expected, repeated violations result in tougher sanctions, including cancellation of the tournament (Code of Conduct Article III T.) and the initiation of an investigation into serious crimes that could lead to higher fines and future Grand Slam bans (Code of Conduct Article IV A.3.), “Says the declaration.
The slams said the decision was a matter of fairness.
“We want to emphasize that there are rules that ensure that all players, regardless of their stature, belief or performance, are treated exactly the same,” the statement said. “As a sport, there is nothing more important than ensuring that no player has an unfair advantage over another, which unfortunately is the case in this situation when one player refuses to spend time attending media engagements while the others all keep their commitments. “
The organizations called player engagement with the media a “core element of the Grand Slam regulations” and an important part of the further growth of the sport. The statement also referred to Osaka’s mental health quote in her decision not to speak to the media, saying it was a priority of the tournaments.
Second placed Osaka defeated Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Court Philippe Chatrier. She took part in an interview on the pitch after the win and called her game on clay “work in progress”. She meets Ana Bogdan in the second round on Tuesday.