Tennis legend Boris Becker had some robust phrases for Naomi Osaka initially of Wimbledon final week after she introduced she would skip the tournament.
“If you can’t deal with the media, it’s very difficult to be a professional tennis player,” Becker advised The Times of UK. “The tour isn’t possible without the press. And it’s difficult to make your prize money, or money for your sponsors without the media. It’s not something we look forward to. But it’s part of the job. You have to learn to deal with it.”
Osaka raised eyebrows when she declined to talk with the media on the French Open. She finally withdrew after being threatened with default and fines. She then introduced she would take a break from the highlight and later dedicated to specializing in the Olympics, the place she would characterize Japan.
Becker predicted in an interview with The Times of UK on Saturday she would have a tricky time if she will’t face the media stress.
Becker, who received 3 times at Wimbledon and had six main titles general throughout his profession, additionally questioned Osaka over her stance that the stress was inflicting her hassle.
“Is that really pressure? Isn’t it pressure when you don’t have food on the table? When you’ve got to feed your family and you don’t have a job? When you have a life-changing injury? Isn’t that more pressure?” he requested rhetorically.
“You’re 23, you’re healthy, you’re wealthy, your family is good. Where’s the f—king pressure?”
Osaka introduced her choice to withdraw from the French Open on May 31.
She defined in an announcement that she might have defined herself higher and determined she was going to take a break from tennis and social media.
“This isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris. I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer,” Osaka wrote.
“More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows I’m introverted, and anyone that has seen me at tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dulls my social anxiety.”
Osaka apologized to the “cool journalists” who she “may have hurt,” however defined that she’s not a “natural public speaker” and experiences intense nervousness addressing the media. “I get really nervous and find it stressful to always engage and give you the best answers I can.”
“So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences. I announced it pre-emptively because I do feel like the rules are quite outdated in parts and I wanted to highlight that. I wrote privately to the tournament apologizing and saying that I would be more than happy to speak with them after the tournament as the Slams are intense. I’m gonna take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the playoffs, press and fans.”
Osaka concluded her assertion with “Anyways hope you are all doing well and staying safe, I love you guys I’ll see you when I see you.”
She introduced earlier this month she would take “personal time” to gear up for the Olympics.
She later broke her social media silence to tweet she was on the duvet of Vogue Japan.