During her four-day experience, Naomi Osaka has been stressed over issue of doing post-match news conferences. Osaka, a second-ranked star had won her first-round match Sunday, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) over Patricia Maria Tig of Romania.
Osaka said in a statement she will withdraw from the tournament becoming stressed over doing post-match news conferences. In a statement on social media, Osaka said it is best thing for her, the tournament and for the other players.
The tennis court [surface] at the French Open has always been a challenge for Osaka who has not experienced playing on a clay surface. In four play at Roland Garros, she reached the third round thrice and the first round once. A drastic contrast to the two hard-court Grand Slam tournaments which she won two each of the U.S. Open and Australian Open while only 23.
In a run-up to French Open, news conference questions focused on her past difficulties and doubts expressed in an online post by a family member, according to her sister Mari, a retired tour player. Being faced with news conferences questions, Osaka announced last week that she would forgo news conferences in Paris because of “mental health [stress] and often spoke about trying to temper her unrealistic expectations for herself.
Despite challenges, Osaka went on to win the 2018 U.S. Open at 20 and the 2019 Australian Open at 21. However her level of performance began to drop experiencing causing her to become stressed over it.
During the pandemic, Osaka travels to the French Open was delay to the fall because of an injury. Her wins in New York and Melbourne was described as unusual in 19 career Grand Slams, Osaka’s record shows she has won the tournament or lost by the fourth round, which means she is 12-0 lifetime in quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. She describes her experience in a statement: I mean, honestly, I’ don’t sleep during Grand Slams at the 2020 U.S. Open. “I guess I’m going to try to sleep [before the final],” she said. It’s probably going to look like me lying in my bed with m eyes open, trying to will myself just to go to sleep.”