“Trigger of a Major Offence Investigation”: Grand Slam Board Warns Naomi Osaka of Getting Defaulted From French Open 2021

Published 05/30/2021, 11:31 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Naomi Osaka recently shook the tennis world after she declined to attend her pre-tournament press conference at French Open 2021. Since the press conferences come under mandatory duties for the players, she has now been fined and could be given a much more serious punishment if she continues to ignore her media duties.

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Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig at French Open 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

In a joint statement from the Grand Slams, it was announced that Osaka has been fined $15,000 for skipping her media obligations. Earlier on social media, Osaka had announced that she will not be present at the press conferences on the grounds of mental health.

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“Naomi Osaka today chose not to honour her contractual media obligations. The Roland-Garros referee has therefore issued her a $15,000 fine.”

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A possible suspension of Naomi Osaka from French Open 2021 and other Grand Slams

The French Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open, and US Open have specified that they take mental health seriously and have dedicated resources for player well-being. However, it is the responsibility of the player to talk about their tournament to the media and fans.

Yet, if Osaka continues to evade the press conferences, she will have to deal with heavier fines and could even be defaulted from French Open 2021. Moreover, it could even lead to future suspensions from other Grand Slams as well.

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“We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences. As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament (Code of Conduct article III T.) and the trigger of a major offense investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions (Code of Conduct article IV A.3.).”

Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The Grand Slam board is open to dialogue on the various concerns raised by Osaka. However, the instant decision taken by Osaka is not welcomed by them. Let’s see how Osaka reacts to the statement.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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