Chrismckradio 10:57 pm
Breaking news to Chrismckradio, Women's tennis champion Naomi Osaka decided to withdraw from the 2021 French Open tournament. She says on social media she wants to take time away from the sport, after she was fined and was to possibly get harsher penalty for skipping her mandatory media obligation.
Osaka, 23, said, "I am not a natural public speaker and get huge anxiety before I speak to the world's media. I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try and engage and give the best answers I can. I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and message could have been clearer."
According to sources, Osaka has acknowledged she been experiencing depression and anxiety after she won her first major at the 2018 US Open and felt uncomfortable talking to the media.
French Tennis Federation president Gilles Moretton says the tennis community wishes Osaka the best and looks forward to her returning next year.
Tennis legend Serena Williams defends Osaka's decision, according to reports. Williams says she understands how Osaka is feeling.
"I feel for Naomi. I feel like I wish I could give her a hug, because I know what it's like. Everyone is different, and everyone handles things differently.
Osaka was fined $15,000 for skipping her media obligation after her victory on Sunday against Patricia Maria Tig.