The procedure is the same as in many other sports: After the performance on the pitch, the sports stars answer questions from the press – question, answer. Question answer. However, depending on the person and the situation, this can become intense and uncomfortable. Naomi Osaka (24) didn’t feel like that at the past French Open.
Osaka’s decision not to hold post-match press conferences was met with mixed feelings by the tennis world. After her opening win, she received a fine for this. Another waiver would have threatened her exclusion from the tournament. The next day she withdrew because of mental problems.
“Use common sense”
At the end of the week, the Japanese will make her comeback in the city of love. To ensure that things are forgiving this year, neo-tournament director Amélie Mauresmo (42) has announced new measures. The former world number 1 struggled with mental problems herself during her career, as she tells Eurosport. “But I don’t think it was as bad as today. Mainly because there was no social media back then.”
This year, for example, moderators will be used in the press room “so that the players don’t feel uncomfortable when the same questions are asked over and over again.” However, it should not be a supervision for the media. “It’s about using a little common sense at certain moments.” (smi)