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Naomi Osaka withdraws from 2021 French Open after one match, fine

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.



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