Kimiko Date-Krumm on Naomi Osaka: Can’t skip press conferences just because you lose

Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date-Krumm feels Naomi Osaka takes her media obligations too seriously and that’s making things more difficult for her. 

Earlier this year, Osaka announced she would not be doing press conferences at the French Open due to her mental health well-being.

Following her first round win and receiving lots of criticism, Osaka pulled out of the event and took a two-month break to focus on her mental health.

“Osaka and I have one thing in common,” said Date-Krumm, per Tennis Up To Date. “We rose up the rankings very suddenly and we weren’t really prepared for what it meant. Her personality is one that takes everything to heart in a serious way and I think this exacerbates the problems she’s had.

“You can deal with the media in many ways; you can say everything to them, or a little bit or nothing. I get the impression Osaka actually takes her media obligations too seriously. Maybe she thinks she has to answer all their questions and so feels pressure that way. I really understand her feeling.”

Osaka quickly became a superstar 

Osaka, 24, is already a four-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1. 

Osaka is one of the most popular players in the world but she is having a hard time dealing with the media, especially after the losses. 

“When I was rising in the rankings, it was mainly just the Japanese media and there was no internet then, but everything Osaka does is reported worldwide, so the pressure she feels is so much greater,” Date stated.

“I think all the top players are affected by stress that affects their mental health, but they have to find a way to deal with these problems. You can’t refuse to attend press conferences just because you lose. You have to find a way to deal with the media.”

Osaka hasn’t played since losing to Leylah Fernandez in the US Open third round.

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