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The French Open’s Twitter account appeared to mock Naomi Osaka’s media blackout in a now-deleted tweet before the tournament

Summary List PlacementThe French Open's social media appeared to mock Naomi Osaka's decision to go on a media blackout in a now-deleted tweet posted the day before the tournament started. Osaka, 23, withdrew from Roland-Garros on Monday after being fined $15,000 for not attending a press-conference following her first round win over Patricia Maria Țig on Sunday. In the week before Roland-Garros kicked off, the Japanese star posted a statement to say she would not be doing any media during the competition as a means of protecting her own mental health. Three days after the announcement, Roland-Garros' official Twitter account then posted a photo...

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The French Open’s social media appeared to mock Naomi Osaka’s decision to go on a media blackout in a now-deleted tweet posted the day before the tournament started.

Osaka, 23, withdrew from Roland-Garros on Monday after being fined $15,000 for not attending a press-conference following her first round win over Patricia Maria Țig on Sunday.

In the week before Roland-Garros kicked off, the Japanese star posted a statement to say she would not be doing any media during the competition as a means of protecting her own mental health.

Three days after the announcement, Roland-Garros’ official Twitter account then posted a photo of four other players participating in their media responsibilities – Kei Nishikori, Aryna Sabalenka, Rafael Nadal, and Coco Gauff – captioned: “They understood the assignment.”

The tweet, which was first reported by Axios’ Kendall Baker, has since been deleted.

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Nadal was one of a number of players to question Osaka’s decision to boycott the media in Paris prior to her withdrawal.

“I understand her, but on the other hand, for me, I mean, without the press, without the people who normally travel, who are writing the news and achievements that we are having around the world, we probably will not be the athletes that we are today,” said Nadal.

‘We [wouldn’t] have the recognition that we have around the world, and we will not be that popular.”

Women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty said of Osaka’s media blackout: “In my opinion, press is kind of part of the job. We know what we sign up for as professional tennis players.”

Gilles Moretton, the president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), released a statement on Monday to say he was “sorry” to see Osaka withdraw and also wished her a speedy recovery. 

Osaka said on Monday she would be taking time off from the game due to having suffered from bouts of depression in recent years.

“First and foremost, we are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka,” said Moretton. “The outcome of Naomi withdrawing from Roland-Garros is unfortunate. We wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery, and we look forward to having Naomi at our tournament next year.

“As all the Grand Slams, the WTA, the ATP and the ITF, we remain very committed to all athletes’ well-being and to continually improving every aspect of players’ experience in our tournament, including with the media, like we have always strived to do.”

Grand Slam record holder Serena Williams was among the athletes to back Osaka’s decision to withdraw, saying Tuesday that she wished she could give the Japanese star a hug.

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