“I Have Done Wrong”: Naomi Osaka Regrets Media Boycott Behaviour at French Open 2021

Published 08/28/2021, 5:05 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Picture taken May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka had a rough patch over the past few months. Just a day prior to the French Open this year, she said that she would not be taking part in post-match press conferences. Her decision was not well received by the tennis fraternity. 

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The reason Naomi Osaka made that decision was that she had mental struggles. She was going through a rough phase in her career and that decision of her only indicated that she’s human after all. However, she recently revealed that she was wrong but also indicated that she likes being honest and upfront.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar

The four-time Grand Slam winner spoke on this and stated, “There are a lot of things that I have done wrong at this time. But I am also the kind of person who is fully in the present moment. Whatever I feel, I will say it or do it. I don’t think this is a bad thing. There are a lot of things I have learned to do better. Of course, I think this situation will not happen again. Maybe I would take more time to think about it because I didn’t know how much it was going to get bigger.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Naomi Osaka has faced difficulties in the past months 

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Coming to her season, Osaka started off on a great note, winning her second Australian Open title. However, things began to go down the order as she failed to win any tournaments after. Just before the French Open began, she announced that she wouldn’t be interacting with the media post matches.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Her decision was not well received. Soon after, she withdrew from the French Open before the second-round match. Later, she decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships. She was last seen at the Tokyo Olympics but was unable to go deep into the event.

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We hope to see the Japanese talent get back to winning ways. All eyes will be on her when she decides to step on the tennis courts once again.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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