Mardy Fish Draws Parallel Between Naomi Osaka, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Over Press Conference Issues

Published 10/04/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts against Leylah Fernandez of Canada during her Women’s Singles third round match on Day Five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has been in the news for various reasons this season. As the French Open was about to begin, she revealed that she would not be part of press conferences. On hearing that, a number of people compared her decision to legends like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have never really found it as an issue. 

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One such person was former American player, Mardy Fish who spoke about the situation that Naomi Osaka is facing and compared it to how Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been going about things with regard to this matter. However, the importance of social media in today’s world can have an impact on individuals. 

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The 39-year-old player stated, “I don’t know, you know, Naomi. I don’t know her personal life with her family or her parents or her boyfriend. You know, she’s a real human and so these things are uncomfortable. She’s shy, just cause you’re shy doesn’t mean you don’t need to talk to the media, that doesn’t mean that.

“What people don’t understand too, is that With someone like her, then Roger Federer, Rafa does it better where he acts like he doesn’t really speak quite as good of English as he actually does.”

Naomi Osaka is human, after all 

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At the end of the day, Naomi is human and she would reciprocate feelings like any other individual. On the other hand, players like Roger and Rafa attend to the media in various languages. However, Fish feels there needs to be a conclusion to getting the players and the media on the same page.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Rafael Nadal of Team Europe speaks with teammate Roger Federer during a practice session ahead of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 19, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

The former American player further added, “I’m sure you have seen a few baseball players like that. You know Roger speaks like five different languages. He has got to do press in five different languages as long as I did in English. Naomi speaks fluent Japanese and the Japanese media is all over her. We need to consolidate and figure out a way somehow where we can make it comfortable for everyone.”

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As of now, all the Grand Slam events are concluded. Players like Roger and Rafa have ended their seasons due to injuries. Osaka has taken a break from tennis and we hope to see her compete in a couple of events before the season ends. 

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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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