Osaka won't talk to press at French Open

Japanese tennis star Osaka Naomi says she won't take questions from the press during the upcoming French Open, citing reporters' lack of consideration for the players' mental health.

Osaka wrote on Twitter, "I'm not going to do any press during Roland Garros," referring to the Grand Slam tournament in France that opens on Sunday.

She said, "I've watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room," and added, "I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one."

Osaka wrote, "We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I'm just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me."

She also added that her "not doing press is nothing personal to the tournament," and noted she maintains friendly relations with most journalists who have interviewed her since she was younger.

Tennis players on tour are fined if they refuse to hold a news conference, regardless of whether they've won or lost a game.

Osaka wrote, if the organizations continue to "ignore the mental health of the athletes," she just "gotta laugh." She added, "I hope the considerable amount that I get fined for this will go towards a mental health charity."

Following is the full text of her message:
Hey everyone-
Hope you're all doing well, I'm writing this to say I'm not going to do any press during Roland Garros. I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one. We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I'm just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me. I've watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room and I know you have as well. I believe that whole situation is kicking a person while they're down and I don't understand the reasoning behind it. Me not doing press is nothing personal to the tournament and a couple journalists have interviewed me since I was young so I have a friendly relationship with most of them. However, if the organizations think that they can just keep saying, "do press or you're gonna be fined", and continue to ignore the mental health of the athletes that are the centerpiece of their cooperation then I just gotta laugh. Anyways, I hope the considerable amount that I get fined for this will go towards a mental health charity.