Women’s tennis legend Martina Navratilova said on Monday, 31st May, that she feels upset by Naomi Osaka’s decision to withdraw from French Open due to the controversy over her decision to boycott media obligations. Naomi announced her decision on Monday just a day after she was fined $15,000 for not turning up in a post-match media conference and threatened with expulsion after she won the first round.
The Japanese player created a negative impact on her mental well-being caused by facing a journalist at a post-match press conference. Further on Twitter, the reason for her boycott was written that she had suffered from depression since 2018. The 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, Navratilova said that she is so sad about Naomi Osaka and she truly hopes that Naomi will be ok.
She further said that as athletes they were taught to take care of their body, and perhaps the mental health and emotional aspect gets short shift. That was about more than doing or not doing a press conference, Good Luck Naomi as they all are pulling for her. Martina also added that Kudos to Naomi Osaka for caring so much about other players while she tried to make a situation better for herself and others also she inadvertently made it worse. Martina hopes this solution, pulling out, as brutal as it is, will allow Naomi to start healing and take care of herself.