Osaka fines $ 15,000 for skipping French Open media team out


Paris-Naomi Osaka was fined $ 15,000 at the French Open for skipping a post-match press conference after winning the first round on Sunday. media.

The fine comes from Osaka’s prize money, which was announced in a joint statement by French Tennis Federation President Jill Moret and top executives of other majors.

After skipping the previous tour, Osaka returned to Roland Garros, and on the first day of Paris, Patricia Maria Tig, 63rd in Court Philippe-Chatrie, was full of mistakes 6-4, 7-6 (4). ) Brought the victory.

Things approached a normal Sunday after the 2020 French Open began in September with a limit of 1,000 spectators per day due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. More than 5,000 fans were admitted. ..

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka will be competing in the first round against Romanian Patricia Maria Tigu at the French Open on May 30, 2021 in Paris, France. (Christian Hartmann / Reuters)

Other results were probably more newsworthy than the US Open’s second-placed Osaka winning a straight set. US Open champion and two-time French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem 4-6, This is certainly the case for 5-7 and 6-. Despite losing to 68th place Pablo Andujar on 3, 6-4 and 6-4, the event that took place after the Japanese superstar match was very interesting.

Osaka posted on Twitter on Wednesday and vowed to keep his promise on Sunday and stay away from standard interactions with the Paris media. That’s what athletes in various sports do naturally. She said she saw it as a mental health problem and created self-doubt that she had to answer questions after her loss.

Grand Slam tournament players are required to attend a press conference upon request. If you refuse, you will be fined up to $ 20,000. Of course, that’s not a big deal for Osaka, the world’s most earning female athlete, thanks to endorsement contracts worth tens of millions of dollars a year.

“It’s her own choice. I think she can make her own choice and obviously she will always do the best for her,” Tig said. “That’s what’s happening now.” I think. It’s her choice to do what she thinks is best for her. “

“If you continue to ignore media obligations during the tournament, you will be exposed to further violations of the Code of Conduct,” Osaka said in a statement from the Grand Slam tournament.

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Romanian Patricia Maria Tigu will play in the first round against Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the French Open on May 30, 2021 in Paris, France. (Christian Hartmann / Reuters)

Citing the rulebook, the statement states that “stricter sanctions” for “repeated violations” could lead to defaults (disqualification from tournaments) and “more fines and future Grand Slam suspensions”. “Triggering a large-scale criminal investigation” may be included. “

Osaka’s agent did not immediately respond to the request for comment from the AP on Sunday.

However, that does not mean that Osaka has completely avoided the problem of playing on red clay. She chatted with an “interviewer” on the court asking softball questions so that the spectators could hear something from the winner of the match.

In a conversation with former player Fabrice Santoro, he kindly offered to help Osaka with the flowers presented at the tournament, not as a journalist.

The title of the Grand Slam in Osaka can only be obtained on the hard court. He has won the Australian Open twice, including this year, and the US Open twice, including last year, but has never passed the third round at the French Open.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates defeating Patricia Maria Tig of Romania in the first round of the French Open tennis tournament held at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on May 30, 2021. (Christophe Ena / AP Photo)

Osaka talked about her game on clay: “Hopefully, the more you play, the better.”

Tig evaluated Osaka’s impression of clay court ability as follows. She can play clay as well as hard courts. “

Osaka showed on Sunday how to control points in an aggressive game. She scored 31 out of 35 points and 39 winners when her first Saab landed. This is more than double the 18 points of Tig.

Thiem had never lost in the first round of eight Roland Garros games and advanced to the second final before losing to Rafael Nadal in 2018 and 2019.

Andujar, who defeated Roger Federer in Clay this month in Geneva, has never won after dropping the first two sets.

Another past Grand Slam champion, three-time title winner and former No. 1 Angelique Kerber, ranked 139th and made his tournament debut in Ukraine’s qualifying passer Angelique Kerber 6 -2 Lost 6-4.

Therefore, Roland Garros was the only Grand Slam title that Kerber had not won, winning the 2016 Australian Open and National Open, and the 2018 Wimbledon.

Jon Lester and Andrew Dumpf