In a column by Herald Sun, Grouth criticizes the second-ranked Japanese for inconsistency that he does not want to speak to a narrow circle of professional journalists, but at the same time continues to publish articles to millions of followers on social media. .
“It’s a slap in the face to the sport that has given it all. It’s a joke to break out of the mandatory requirements of everyone on the tour.”
Osaka will not attend press conferences about the Roland Garros tournament
Osaka announced her decision on Wednesday on social media and justified it by saying that she wanted to protect her mental health. According to her, interviews with journalists make it difficult for athletes and psyche.
She added that she is aware that she will be fined for her transfer, because according to the rules of the Grand Slam tournaments, tennis players must attend a press conference within 30 minutes after the match ends, unless they are injured or physically ill. Otherwise, they can pay up to $ 20,000.
The President of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moreton, has declared his commitment to the sanctions in response to the Japanese plan. “What is happening here is unacceptable to me,” he said angrily.
The most recent case in which a tennis player did not reach a mandatory meeting with the media and was fined for it was from the US Open last year, as Novak Djokovic left the tournament without interviews after being disqualified for hitting a streak referee with the ball, which cost him $ 7,500.
Moreover, it was difficult to find the number one in the world for Osaka. “I understand that press conferences can be very annoying at times. It’s not something you will always enjoy, especially when you lose a match and the like.” “She belongs to the sport and life in the ring,” said Djokovic after advancing to the semi-finals of the local tournament in Belgrade.
Rafael Nadal reminded once again that without the media, tennis players would not be in the position they now have. “I see the media as a very important part of our sport. Thirteen times champion Roland Garros said,” Without informing people of our results, we probably wouldn’t be the athletes. “
Osaka found no support among her peers. World No. 1 Ashley Barty considers communicating with journalists part of the job. “We all know what we have been involved in as professional tennis players. I won’t wake up at night with what I said or heard or what you’re going to ask me about,” Barty said in Paris on Friday.
Roland Garros, Iga Swiatkova, does not see the duties of the media as an insurmountable obstacle. “We simply learned that at the time.” The 19-year-old Polish tennis player said, “It gives us an opportunity to explain our point of view, so I would say it is good.”
Former British tennis player Naomi Brody expressed sympathy with Osaka’s decision. According to her, boycotting her could make officials consider changing the rules. And Brody, who is now commenting on the BBC, said: “Even if it takes longer after the defeats to calm down and away from the spotlight.”
Osaka’s unexpected move also unpleasantly surprised the leadership of the WTA women’s circuit, which would welcome dialogue on the issue. At the same time, he stressed that tennis players also have certain obligations towards the fans and the public.
“Professional athletes have a responsibility to their sport and their fans, and contacting the media in tournaments allows them to share their views and tell their story.”