Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open amid row over press conferences

World No 2 pulls out of event after being fined by organisersOsaka says speaking to press causes her ‘huge anxiety’

Naomi Osaka has announced her withdrawal from the French Open, the day after the world No 2 was fined $15,000 (£10,570) for refusing to attend press conferences.

The four-times grand slam champion announced last week that she would not carry out media duties in Paris due to their effects on her mental health. Osaka did speak to media courtside after her first-round win over Patricia Maria Tig, but did not attend a post-match press conference.

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