So I don’t follow tennis, but I stumbled across this and WOW.
Osaka doesn’t want to do media appearances because it makes her anxious, and the French Open organisers have behaved horrendously. They’ve fined her $15k, made patronising tweets, and now she’s quit the comp.
I can’t believe in this day and age they thought it would be a good idea to take a draconian line on this. Are people who follow tennis really there for the press conferences or is it about the game?
Their statement is gross.
“The mental health of players competing in our tournaments and on the Tours is of the utmost importance to the Grand Slams. We individually and collectively have significant resources dedicated to player well-being.”
ORLLY. Smacks of “we have psychologists onsite who we expect to make everyone better even if they have no power to change anything crappy we do to people”. And then carries on about being fair to other players. What a load of bullcrap.
I really hope some other players quit in solidarity. I don’t know whether it’s likely, but what they are doing needs to be challenged.