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Cricketers also came out in support of tennis player Naomi Osaka. He was supported by Delhi Capitals coach Mohammad Kaif in the IPL.
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has supported tennis player Naomi Osaka. Osaka withdrew from the French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament due to mental health. He was fined around Rs 10 lakh for not interacting with the media. Kaif said that if the players feel right to stay away from the media for mental peace, then they should be allowed to do it.
What did Kaif say about mental health?
Kaif said- We talk a lot about mental health in sports. In an individual sport, this means even more, because you don’t have a teammate to support you. In cricket, a senior player is placed as a backup option in place of that player. But it is not possible in tennis. We have to be a little liberal. Players will not be allowed to not talk to the media.
Osaka withdraws from French Open
Osaka announced on social media on Sunday that she was withdrawing from the French Open. Osaka won the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament in February. Osaka said that withdrawing the name is the best option for him and does not want to be a problem for any player or staff.
Osaka was in depression since 2018 US Open
Osaka said- I have been struggling with depression since the US Open in 2018. I have faced a lot of trouble in recovering from mental stress. She felt insecure and worried in Paris. So did not go to the press conference. I had already announced it.
Osaka has trouble talking to the media
Osaka said that he is not a public speaker and he feels an anxiety talking to the media. He said that the media makes him nervous. They do not understand the answer in front of the media. Osaka also opened the French Open brilliantly. She defeated Patricia Maria Tig 6-4, 7-6 (4) in her first round bout. In the second round, they had to face Ana Bogdan of Romania.
What does the rule of tennis say?
After Osaka did not reach the press conference, it was told by the organizers that if she avoids the press conference in the same way, further sanctions could be imposed on her. According to Article III H. of Tennis’s Code of Conduct, Grand Slam organizers encourage players to engage with the media in order to promote the sport.
On the other hand, French Tennis Federation President Gilles Moreton confirmed Osaka’s withdrawal from the tournament, saying that his withdrawal from the tournament was disappointing. We hope that he gets well soon. We will wait for them next year.