Three days ago, Naomi Osaka announced on social media that she would not hold press conferences, given the poor consideration by the media on the mental health of players. Osaka claimed to have seen too many sportspeople break down emotionally in lectures or be forced to answer the same questions countless times.
She said that she has nothing personal towards the organization of the French tournament and that she has generally friendly relations with the media. As for the fines she anticipated she would be given, she had said she hoped that much of the amount would go towards funding mental health causes.
In the short on-court interview at the end of the match won against Patricia Maria Tig at the Roland Garros 2021, Osaka, talking about the match and her progress on clay-courts, said: "My preparation on clay-courts is still a work in progress, but more I'll play better I'll adapt.
I still had good feelings." After winning in two sets in her first round match in Paris against Patricia Maria Tig, Osaka did not actually go to the press room, but only granted the short post match interview on the court.
The tournament management has decided to fine Oasak with $ 15,000 and the organizers have warned her that she risks further penalties, including disqualification from the tournament, if she does so again. Not only that, the Japanese star would risk other important penalties in the other Slams of the season.
The organizers of Roland Garros said: "Naomi Osaka has chosen today not to honor her contractual obligations to the media. The Roland Garros supervisor has therefore imposed a fine on her. We have warned Osaka that if she continues to refuse her media obligations during the tournament, it would expose herself to tougher penalties, including exclusion from the tournament."
Roland Garros 2021 men's draw: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic on the same side!
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the same side of the Roland Garros 2021 main draw. The first verdict from Paris has an important specific weight.
The world number one, called to a rather soft debut with Tennys Sandgren and a second round with one between Lucas Pouille and Pablo Cuevas, could find Ugo Humbert in the third round and presumably one between David Goffin and Alex de Minaur in the round of 16.
In short: assuming a quarter-final with Roger Federer appears premature, if only in conditions of absolute normality, but definitely suggestive. The Swiss champion, who will have to wait for the conclusion of the qualifiers to know his first opponent, could have Marin Cilic in the second round, Taylor Fritz in the worst case scenario in the third and presumably Matteo Berrettini in the round of 16.
On the way to the Italian e number one, a qualified player, Federico Coria and probably Felix Auger Aliassime. Called among other things to test Andreas Seppi in the first round. The thirteen-time champion of the tournament Rafael Nadal, favored for duty, then falls in the second segment of the draw.
After Alexei Popyrin, one between Hugo Gaston and Richard Gasquet in the second round and probably Lorenzo Sonego, for the Spaniard there could be Jannik Sinner again. The player who put him most in difficulty last season on the red brick of Bois de Boulogne.
After Sinner, Nadal could have Andrey Rublev and Djokovic. The 2021 edition of Roland Garros could be decided before the third Sunday. Alexander Zverev's main obstacle on the way to the quarter-finals responds to the name of Roberto Bautista Agut.
Hypothetical, of course, with Dominic Thiem. Finalist in 2018 and 2019, yes, but with a balance of three wins and three defeats on red this season. Fabio Fognini also orbits on the same side of the board, called to the Gregoire Barrere test in the first round and possibly to the challenge with one between Marton Fucsovics and Gilles Simon in the second.
Number two in seeding is Daniil Medvedev, still without success in Paris. The first round challenge with the crazy horse Alexandr Bublik for the Russian is fascinating and far from obvious. Obligatory favorite in the last segment of the board Stefanos Tsitsipas: the match with Jeremy Chardy at the debut is soft in a completely theoretical line.