Naomi Osaka’s participation in Wimbledon: Former champion Marion Bartoli feels there are big question marks
Japan’s Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French Open on Monday after refusing to attend the mandatory post-match press conferences and revealing she had been suffering from bouts of depression for several years.
Naomi Osaka pulled out from the French Open, citing mental health issues (Courtesy: AP)
- Bartoli feels that the time frame is maybe too small for Osaka
- Osaka pulled out of French Open after refusing to attend press conferences
- Wimbledon to kick-start from May 30
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli says there are big question marks about whether or not Naomi Osaka will play at the grasscourt championships this year, starting from May 30.
“We didn’t expect for this to happen, Bartoli told ITV Sport during her role as a pundit on Friday. “We didn’t think the situation was so bad with Naomi. I think the WTA is trying really hard to find some solution.
“The press conferences at the moment are not the usual ones with the press not even in the press room, and they all being done on Zoom, so you don’t feel like that anxiety you might feel when you have someone in your face asking a tricky question.
“But maybe they are trying to find a way to narrow down to maybe three or four questions for Naomi’s press conferences.”
Her decision has turned the spotlight on the media demands on tennis players, and Bartoli believes the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) are trying to find a solution that could work for Osaka.
With Wimbledon looming later this month, Bartoli feels that the time frame is maybe too small for Osaka.
“I hope she is at Wimbledon for women’s tennis and tennis in general,” the Frenchwoman said. “She is such a huge star, and she resonates around the world. But of course, there are many question marks, but we don’t know if she will be there.
“We haven’t heard from her; we don’t know where she is. But the players are supporting her, and the WTA are trying to find a solution with the ITF so that she can be comfortable the next time she faces a press conference.”
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