Osaka thanks fans for their support

Japanese tennis star Osaka Naomi has thanked fans for their support on her social media account for the first time since her withdrawal from the French Open.

She updated her Instagram on Saturday. Osaka said "Just want to say thank you for all the love. Haven't been on my phone much but I wanted to hop on here and tell you all that I really appreciate it."

And it has a handwritten Japanese phrase that says "love you."

Osaka was fined for refusing to take part in the news conference after winning her first match in the French Open.

Later she tweeted her withdrawal and revealed that she had suffered "long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018" and "have had a really hard time coping with that."

The organizers of the Grand Slam tournaments issued a joint statement last Tuesday saying that they intend to "work alongside the players, the tours, the media and the broader tennis community to create meaningful improvements."