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Curtain goes up at Roland Garros and on Naomi Osaka’s code of silence-Sports activities Information , Completely happy Easterday

On the court docket Sunday, Osaka, who has by no means bought previous the third spherical in Paris, tackles Romania’s 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig who gained the Istanbul clay court docket title in 2020.

Naomi Osaka will get play underway on the French Open 2021. AP

Japanese famous person Naomi Osaka is the headline act because the curtain goes up on the French Open on Sunday however, win or lose, the world quantity two can be retaining her ideas to herself.

The 23-year-old’s choice to boycott all press conferences on the second Grand Slam occasion of the season has mockingly been the most popular matter at press conferences held by different gamers.

Osaka, the best incomes feminine athlete on the earth final 12 months, opted for a code of silence in protest at what she believes is the detrimental impact of media protection on her psychological well being.

The four-time main winner says information conferences may be akin to “kicking individuals once they’re down”.

French Tennis Federation president Gilles Moretton, nevertheless, described Osaka’s transfer as a “phenomenal mistake”.

The WTA is understood to have “reached out” to Osaka in an effort to interrupt the deadlock which can price the participant as much as $20,000 for refusing to hold out necessary information conferences.

On the court docket Sunday, Osaka, who has by no means bought previous the third spherical in Paris, tackles Romania’s 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig who gained the Istanbul clay court docket title in 2020.

The tie can be first up on Court docket Philippe Chatrier.

Whereas Osaka refuses to talk, Greek males’s world quantity 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas had loads to supply at his pre-tournament media convention, even quoting Britain’s World Struggle II chief Winston Churchill at one stage.

Tsitsipas, who faces dwelling participant Jeremy Chardy on Sunday, is extensively tipped as a possible champion ought to 13-time winner Rafael Nadal or world primary Novak Djokovic falter.

The 22-year-old took Djokovic to 5 units within the 2020 semi-finals in Paris.

He has already captured the Monte Carlo Masters and Lyon titles on clay this season.

He additionally had a match level to defeat Nadal within the Barcelona ultimate earlier than the Spaniard recovered.

Tsitsipas has the benefit of being within the reverse half of the draw to Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer and their mixed 58 Slams.

“Lastly, for as soon as,” he mentioned after seeing the ‘Huge Three’ all line up in the identical part of a significant for the primary time.

Additionally in motion Sunday is fourth seed Dominic Thiem, the 2018 and 2019 runner-up to Nadal.

Thiem faces Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar who defeated Federer on clay in Geneva final week.

Sixth seed Alexander Zverev, the runner-up in Madrid, begins towards fellow German Oscar Otte, a qualifier and ranked at 152 on the earth.

Recent from her first profession clay court docket title in Madrid, Belarusian third seed Aryna Sabalenka faces Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh.

The 144th-ranked Konjuh was runner-up in Belgrade final week when she was pressured to retire with an damage towards Spain’s Paula Badosa.

Former prime 20 participant Konjuh has undergone 4 surgical procedures on her proper elbow in recent times, even falling out of the highest 1,000 in 2019.

In a battle of former Grand Slam title winners, Victoria Azarenka, seeded 15, faces Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion in Paris.


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Updated: May 30, 2021 — 5:20 am

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