Why Is It Compulsory for Tennis Players to Do a Press Conference at Every Tournament?

Published 05/29/2021, 10:36 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: A general view inside Court Philippe Chatrier during the mens singles final between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day fifteen of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)


Ever since World No.2 Naomi Osaka decided to boycott the media at the French Open 2021 citing mental health as a reason, there has been endless discourse in the tennis world about press conferences. There is now a debate going on about whether it is compulsory for tennis players to do a press conference after every match of a tournament or not.

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From players to different tennis governing bodies like the WTA and FFT, all have criticized Naomi Osaka for her boycott. Many have stated that avoiding press conferences is no solution for improving mental health.

Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a forehand against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) in a women’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It is actually mandatory for every player to do a post-match press conference at any tournament. If one refuses to do so, they might have to face repercussions for the same and be fined as well, which may range from $1000 to $20,000.

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World No.2 Osaka hasn’t received any fine yet as she hasn’t skipped any press conference so far. Even though she has decided to boycott the media completely at the French Open 2021, she hasn’t done it as of yet. There are even chances that she might take a U-turn on the issue after receiving such backlash.

Apart from Naomi Osaka, who are the other tennis players who have skipped press conferences in the past?

There have been players in the past who have paid fines as they refused to attend the press conference after their matches. The list includes the likes of Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia complains during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

World No.1 Djokovic didn’t face the press after he got disqualified at the US Open 2020. As a result, the Serb had to pay a total fine of about $20,000.

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Similarly, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, too, skipped the press conference when she lost in the first round of the Australian Open 2016. Therefore, the American player had to pay $5000 as a punishment.

Thus, Osaka too can face some really harsh consequences if she’ll miss any press conference at Roland Garros 2021. It’ll be intriguing to see whether the young sensation changes her decision.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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