Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she will not speak to the media during the upcoming French Open.
The world’s best-earning athlete wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday that she hoped “the significant amount I receive for this will go to a mental health charity.”
The French Open is set to begin on Sunday in Paris. Osaka joined the clay court tournament, ranked number 2 in the world.
The 23-year-old Osaka, who was born in Japan and is now in the United States, has won four Grand Slam titles. This includes last year’s US Open and the Australian Open in February.
“I have often felt that people have nothing to do with the mental health of athletes, and this is very true whenever I see a press conference or participate in one,” wrote Osaka, who was voted AP Athlete of the Year in 2020. “We often sit there we ask questions that we have been asked several times before, or we ask questions that make us doubt, and I simply will not obey people who doubt me. “
Osaka added: “I watched a lot of videos of athletes spoiling after a loss in the press and I know you are too. I believe that the whole situation kicks a person while he is down, and I do not understand the reasons for this. “
She later posted a video of the Seattle Seahawks, which goes back to the famous appearance of Marshaun Lynch “I’m here not to be fined” on Super Bowl media day.
Tennis players are required to attend press conferences after major tournament matches if media members ask them to.