The current US open women’s singles champion, Naomi Osaka, recently declined to give any interviews to the press.
This attracted much criticism from the media and eventually a fine of $15,000 dollars from the tournament organizers. These went ahead to threaten her with expulsion. However, Naomi who had cited the move over her mental health state decided to withdraw from the tournament voluntarily.
“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,” the 23-year-old wrote in an official statement.
Her statement further read, “I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept 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.”
However, now the former Democratic Party presidential candidate has jumped to the defence of Osaka. In her tweet, she commended world number two for doing the best choice to safeguard her health.
“I’m inspired by @NaomiOsaka’s courage. This is a moment for all of us—especially the press—to ask why it’s not enough to let her stellar performance on the court speak for itself.” Hilary Clinton tweeted
Additionally, the president of the French open tournament Gilles Moretton came out and clarified the situation too.
“First and foremost, we are sorry and sad for Naomi Osaka. The outcome of Naomi withdrawing from Roland-Garros is unfortunate. We wish her the best and the quickest possible recovery, and we look forward to having Naomi at our Tournament next year,” Gilles addressed a news conference.
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