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When Naomi Osaka made the decision to drop out of Roland Garros on May 31, a contentious situation that had been brewing publicly for days became one of overwhelming love, as many people around the world expressed their support in defending her. decision. One of the most recent and important examples comes from iconic artist Will Smith on social media.
After his decision, Smith wrote the Haitian and Japanese-American tennis star a touching and supportive letter stating:
âHi Naomi, you are right. They are wrong! I’m with you â, and posted it on his Instagram page with a
Osaka had previously announced that she would not attend the Roland Garros press conferences because she felt it placed
excessive pressure on players. After her first-round victory, the two-time US Open winner missed a post-match press conference, citing anxiety. The tournament organizers decided to fine him $ 15,000 and issued a declaration on May 30 stating that if she missed other mandatory press conferences she would be excluded from the Roland Garros tournament. It made her give up.
In the face of public fury at their actions, Roland Garros officials said they tried unsuccessfully to contact her before her decision to leave.
In her withdrawal statement, the 23-year-old star took the time to thank all of her fans for their overwhelming love and support. In the statement, she revealed that she has struggled with mental health issues since 2018, when she won her first US Open championship against Serena Williams in a very busy final. She also said: “I’m going to step away from the pitch a bit now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways to improve things for the players, the press and the fans. “