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Osaka was fined for refusing to carry a press convention after her opening 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Romanian world quantity 63 Patricia Maria Tig.

Japanese star Naomi Osaka in motion throughout her French Open first spherical conflict towards Patricia Maria Tig. AP

Paris: Japanese celebrity Naomi Osaka was on Sunday threatened with disqualification from the French Open if she persists together with her controversial media boycott, officers stated.

“We now have suggested Naomi Osaka that ought to she proceed to disregard her media obligations, she can be exposing herself to potential additional code of conduct infringement penalties,” stated a press release from the 4 Grand Slam tournaments after issuing the world quantity two with a $15,000 high quality.

“As may be anticipated, repeat violations entice harder sanctions together with default from the match.”

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam title winner and sport’s highest-earning feminine athlete, was fined for refusing to carry a press convention after her opening 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Romanian world quantity 63 Patricia Maria Tig.

The 23-year-old had stated on the eve of the match that she would refuse to hold out any media obligations, claiming information conferences are detrimental to her psychological well being.

She believes conventional post-match inquests are akin to “kicking folks after they’re down”.

Nevertheless, the 4 Grand Slam occasions — Wimbledon, the French, Australian and US Opens — issued a joint assertion, saying they’d written to Osaka “to verify on her well-being and supply assist”.

“She was additionally reminded of her obligations, the implications of not assembly them and that guidelines ought to equally apply to all gamers.

“Naomi Osaka as we speak selected to not honour her contractual media obligations. The Roland Garros referee has due to this fact issued her a $15,000 high quality.”

After her match on Sunday, Osaka agreed solely to a cursory on-court TV interview.

“For me, enjoying on clay is a piece in progress,” stated the reigning US and Australian Open champion on a sun-kissed Courtroom Philippe Chatrier.

“Hopefully the extra I play, the higher I’ll develop into.”

And that was that from a participant who has now strung collectively 15 successive Grand Slam match wins.

Osaka, who has by no means obtained previous the third spherical in Paris, fired 39 winners however dedicated 35 unforced errors towards Tig to arrange a second spherical duel towards one other Romanian participant, Ana Bogdan.

‘Honour commitments’

The Grand Slam heads additionally stated Osaka’s refusal to participate in media duties put opponents at an obstacle.

“There’s nothing extra essential than guaranteeing no participant has an unfair benefit over one other, which sadly is the case on this state of affairs if one participant refuses to dedicate time to take part in media commitments whereas the others all honour their commitments.”

If Osaka was to be disqualified, it will be as notorious as Novak Djokovic’s default finally 12 months’s US Open the place the world quantity was booted out for hitting a line decide with a ball.

Osaka’s defiant stand overshadowed the opening day of the 2021 French Open.

Petra Kvitova, a semi-finalist in 2012 and 2020, saved a match level earlier than seeing off Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

The eleventh seeded Czech, a two-time Wimbledon champion, blitzed 43 winners however served up 11 double faults towards her One hundred and twenty fifth-ranked opponent.

Contemporary from her first profession clay courtroom title in Madrid, Belarusian third seed Aryna Sabalenka eased previous Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh 6-4, 6-3.

Three-time main winner Angelique Kerber, the German twenty sixth seed and twice a quarter-finalist in Paris, misplaced to Ukrainian qualifier Anhelina Kalinina 6-2, 6-4.

The win was a 14th successive win for the world quantity 139 Kalinina throughout all tournaments.

Later Sunday, males’s world quantity 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas faces residence participant Jeremy Chardy.

The Greek is broadly tipped as a possible champion ought to 13-time winner Rafael Nadal or world primary Novak Djokovic falter.

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

Crowd limits

In whole, simply over 5,000 spectators a day will probably be admitted on the Roland Garros web site till 8 June underneath COVID-19 limits.

That determine will then rise to greater than 13,000 a day due to the federal government’s choice to boost fan numbers to a 65 % restrict of capability.

The principle setback for organisers, nonetheless, is that 9 of their scheduled 10 night classes — an innovation for 2021 — will probably be performed behind closed doorways.

A authorities curfew of 9pm won’t be lifted till 9 June.


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Updated: May 31, 2021 — 12:56 am

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