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Why Did Japan’s Naomi Osaka Exit French Open?

By Disha Sharma -
  • Updated
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  • 1st June 2021,
  • 7:33 PM

Japan's number one tennis player, Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open

Japan’s number one tennis player, Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open. She recently took to Twitter to announce her exit from the tournament, citing mental ill-health reasons.

In the Twitter post, the highest-earning female athlete mentioned that she had suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open 2018 and that it was difficult to cope with it. She also paid generously for the Tennis press for being always kind to her. She is not a natural public speaker and gets anxious before the press meet. She gets really nervous and stressed before handling the press meets.

Champion of US Open and Australia Open stated that she was feeling vulnerable and anxious in Paris so it’s better to exercise self-care and skip the press conference.

The four-time grand slam Singles champion further wrote that she has privately written to the officials of the tournament apologizing for not participating in the games and she would speak after the tournament as the slams are intense. She is taking some time off but would talk to the Tour on how to make things better for the players, press, and fans.

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Osaka had won two grand slam singles titles back-to-back Grand slam tournament. She is also the first to achieve this since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. Not just that she is also one of the first females to win successive Grand Slam Singles titles since Serena Williams in 2015.

The passionate player had defeated former US Open champion Samantha Stosur in her WTA Tour debut at the 2014 Stanford Classic. The player winning titles is unstoppable, since 2018, she had won Grand Slam Singles titles in four consecutive years.

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Naomi, an aggressive baseline player was coached by her father Leonard Francois from the age of three. Besides this, presently she is one of the most marketable athletes in the world. In 2019, she earned an estimated 16$ million endorsements alone. The undefeated player is a brand ambassador of Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan and Japanese electronics manufacturer Citizen Watch.

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