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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Naomi Osaka at French Open press conference: ‘I think I’m fine’

PARIS ( Associated Press) — Naomi Osaka cracked jokes at Roland Garros on Friday — and, yes, laughed at those jokes. She smiled after some reporters’ questions. Before answering, she paused to think, as she is used to.

All this appears to confirm the assessment that she had offered during the 18-minute pre-tournament French Open news conference, announced a year later that she would refrain from speaking to the press and then returned before the second round. Will be taken: “For the most part, I think I’m fine.”

Osaka used those words at the conclusion of a long and thoughtful reply that it was like coming back to a place where her final journey was much more about her wellbeing and off-court mentality than her tennis. All that is saying when the subject is a player who already owns four Grand Slam titles and is No.

“I’m not going to lie. When I first got here I was very worried. I was just worried about whether there would be people like that – of course, I didn’t even like how I handled the situation – but I worried that there were people that I was offended by in some way, and I would just kind of bump into them,” Osaka said Friday, her eyes rolling around the room, her words separated by the occasional pause. Gone.” But I think for the most part everyone has been really positive. I’m really not so sure. I was also very worried about this press conference, because I knew I would get a lot of questions about it.

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Continuing, Osaka said: “As for me, where I am now, I would not like to say – it has not left my mind. Of course, I am still thinking about it.”

Ahead of the 2021 French Open, Osaka vowed “no press during Roland Garros”, citing the matter as a mental health issue, saying it was self-imposed to answer questions after the loss. can arouse suspicion. She stuck to that stance by skipping the tournament’s media day – which was Friday’s setting – and her mandatory news conference after winning the first round, which fetched a $15,000 fine. Osaka was also threatened by all four Grand Slam tournaments of potential additional penalties, including disqualification or suspension.

She responded by exiting Roland Garros, explaining that she experienced “huge waves of anxiety” before speaking to the media and revealing that she had “suffered long bouts of depression”, as such. Huge, not to mention society, to help make comments more common among athletes.

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Osaka also dropped out of Wimbledon and later in the season took another mental health break after losing at the US Open.

She returned to the Grand Slam stage at the Australian Open in January as the defending champion.

Osaka lost there in the third round to 20-year-old American Amanda Anisimova, Osaka’s first opponent in Paris.

Her ranking has dropped to number 38, mostly due to a lack of action, and her preparation for the French Open was hardly ideal: Osaka withdrew from the clay-court tournament in Rome this month due to an injury to her left Achilles heel. Got it. ,

“For me, there’s no way I won’t be playing in this tournament, so of course, you have to manage things. But at the same time, I’m going to give some painkillers. … I’ve actually come up with some Played a lot of Grand Slams, ”she said. “So I think I can play really well when I get hurt, because I feel like I have nothing to lose.”

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