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French Open 2021: Naomi Osaka withdraws from Tournament; Chief says ‘Sorry and Sad’

World No. 2 and 4 Time Grand Slam Winner Naomi Osaka has decided to withdraw from the ongoing French Open at Paris. Naomi had refused to speak to the media at the tournament and reportedly, it did not go well with the organizers as well as the Tennis Federation. Naomi was all set to play her second-round match with A. Bogdon tomorrow.

Naomi Osaka took to Twitter to announce her withdrawal. She mentioned that she is suffering from long bouts of anxiety and depression ever since she won her first grand slam title of US Open in 2018. Naomi has won 4 Grand Slam Titles and all on Hard Courts, including a couple of US Open and the Australian Open earlier this year.

The French Tennis President Gilles Moreton admitted that he was ‘sorry and sad’ that Naomi Osaka has decided to withdraw from the Roland Garros. Naomi was fined $15,000 and threatened to disqualification over her action of refusal to speak to the media after her first-round win on Sunday, 30 May.

Naomi Osaka had clearly mentioned that she wouldn’t take part in any mistake activity to safeguard her mental health.

Twitter had erupted after the news of Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the tournament. Fans came out in support of Naomi and asked the Tennis Federation to amend their rules. Many International Tennis Stars also came in support of Naomi and wishes her to take care of herself and go through this strongly.

The Japanese Tennis Star was one of the top contenders to win the Roland Garros French Open, 2021. Her exit marks the way for young budding female tennis stars to win the title. However, the tennis federation will really be upset over the untimely exit of Osaka. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her in action very soon.

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