French Open chief ‘sorry and unhappy’ over Osaka withdrawal

French tennis federation president Gilles Moretton admitted Monday he “was sorry and unhappy” that Naomi Osaka had determined to withdraw from Roland Garros.

“We are sorry and unhappy for Naomi Osaka. The consequence of Naomi withdrawing from Roland Garros is unlucky,” stated Moretton.

The 23-year-old Japanese star was fined $15,000 on Sunday and threatened with disqualification after she refused to hold out a compulsory information convention following her first spherical win.

Osaka stated she had determined towards collaborating in any media exercise to safeguard her psychological well being.

Moretton had stated on the eve of the match that Osaka’s resolution to not attend necessary press conferences was a “phenomenal error”.

“We want her the most effective and the quickest potential restoration,” Moretton added as he learn out a ready assertion with out taking questions.

“We look ahead to having Naomi in our match subsequent yr.

“As all of the Grand Slams, the WTA, the ATP, and the ITF, we stay very dedicated to all athletes’ well-being and to repeatedly enhancing each side of gamers’ expertise in our match, together with with the media, like we now have all the time strived to do.”

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