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Naomi Osaka will not speak to French Open press due to mental health impact

  • Osaka says news conferences put unfair burden on players
  • ‘I’m not going to subject myself to people that doubt me’

Naomi Osaka has said she will not take questions from the press at this year’s French Open, saying the nature of news conferences puts an unfair burden on players’ mental health.

“I’m writing this to say I’m not going to do any press during Roland Garros,” the four-times grand slam champion tweeted on Wednesday. “I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes’ mental health and this rings true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.”

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