Introvert Spotlight Laserbeam

We’re here, we’re uncomfortab- We wanna go home!?

Naomi Osaka pulled off a masterclass move, in politely addressing her [consistent] avoidance of the media. Even with the successive fine(s) slapped about, unfazing her mantra and intentions, to ultimately just walk away from it all… I’d definitely be on the same rickety boat, of constant spotlight from media hounds, in wanting nothing to do with’em

“Fine, go fine me”, or, “I’m just here, so I don’t get fined.”

“Hey everyone, 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 wellbeing 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. More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.

“The truth is I have 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 am introverted, and anyone that has seen me at tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety.

“Though the tennis press has always been kind to me (and I wanna apologize to all the cool journalists who I may have hurt), I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media.

“I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to 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 I announced it preemptively because I do feel like the rules are quite outdated in parts and I wanted to highlight that.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 players, press and fans.

“Anyways hope you are all doing well and staying safe, love you guys I’ll see you when I see you."
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka)

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certainly sounds like she wants out of the media spotlight.
but she knew going in to the sport as a professional, if she became champ there would be media obligations.
saying that…
if the media is intruding at a level the athletes think is to much, then the event organisers have to act and limit access to scheduled press events only.

but if its just a case of she cant handle the pressure of being champ and meeting the same commitments as every other champ before her. then maybe pro sport isnt for her, and she should step away.

Marshawn Lynch did this all the time. “That is a great question… I am just here so that I don’t get fined.” or “If I don’t show up, I get fined. They are forcing me to be here. Next question.” and so on.