Tennis star Naomi Osaka fined Rs. 10.86 lakh for refusing media

Anger is a lack of understanding. Change makes people uncomfortable: Naomi Osaka

World No. 2 women's tennis player Naomi Osaka was fined USD 15,000 for refusing to speak to media after her first round win at French Open. Not only has that she also faced expulsion from Grand Slam tournaments if she continues to do so.

Naomi had defeated Romania's Patricia Maria Tig 6-4 7-6 (7-4) late on Sunday but did not turn up to face media.

According to the rules of Grand Slam tournaments state that players can be fined up to $20,000 for failing to meet media commitments which includes speaking at a post-match press conference.

A joint statement from four Grand Slam organisers said that the 23-year-old Japanese player faces 'substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions'.

The organisers also said if she continues to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences. In future it could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions.

Osaka responded by tweeting, "Anger is a lack of understanding. Change makes people uncomfortable."

On Wednesday, Naomi had issued a statement saying she would not face media during French Open since she believed the mental health of players gets affected due to effect of news conferences.

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