Naomi Osaka announces withdrawal of French Open after decision to not speak with media

Naomi Osaka played one match at the French Open before deciding she had enough.

After receiving backlash for deciding not to partake in post-match press conferences at this year's tournament, Osaka announced on Twitter Monday afternoon she is withdrawing from the event.

"This isn't a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.

"I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly," the world's No. 2-ranked women's tennis player wrote.

She also said she has been dealing with depression since the 2018 U.S. Open and will, "take some time away from the court now."

"Anyone that knows me knows I'm introverted, and anyone that has seen me at the tournaments will notice that I'm often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety," she wrote.

The announcement comes one day after Osaka defeated Patricia Maria Țig in straight sets in the first round of the tournament.

Osaka's announcement comes in light of her decision last that she would not speak to the press during the French Open to protect her mental health.

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Naomi Osaka played her first-round match at the French Open on Sunday before announcing her withdrawal from the tournament on Monday. (Photo: Susan Mullane, USA TODAY Sports)

"We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I'm just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me," Osaka said last week. In her post Monday afternoon, she said that most people in tennis media have often been kind to her.

Following Osaka's initial decision, the official Twitter account of Roland Garros — where the tournament is being held — posted a photo of other athletes participating in their media responsibilities on Saturday with the caption, "They understood the assignment." 

After not speaking with the media following her first-round win, Osaka was fined $15,000 by the French Open, with officials saying she was, "exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences."

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