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French Open 2021: French Tennis Federation president ‘grieved and tragic’ over Naomi Osaka withdrawal


Osaka said she had ruled against participating in any media action to protect her psychological well-being. French tennis alliance president Gilles Moretton conceded Monday he “was heartbroken and dismal” that Naomi Osaka had chosen to pull out from Roland Garros.

“We are heartbroken and miserable for Naomi Osaka. The result of Naomi pulling out from Roland Garros is disastrous,” said Moretton.

The 23-year-old Japanese star was fined $15,000 on Sunday and undermined with exclusion after she wouldn’t complete a compulsory news meeting following her initially a round success.

Osaka said she had ruled against participating in any media movement to shield her emotional wellness.

Moretton had said just before the competition that Osaka’s choice not to go to compulsory public interviews was a “incredible mistake”.

“We wish her the best and the fastest recuperation,” Moretton added as he read out a pre-arranged proclamation without taking inquiries.

“We anticipate having Naomi in our competition one year from now.

“As every one of the Grand Slams, the WTA, the ATP, and the ITF, we stay extremely dedicated to all competitors’ prosperity and to constantly improving each part of players’ involvement with our competition, incorporating with the media, similar to we have consistently strived to do.”

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