Leading world number two Osaka has caused a storm by announcing that she will not attend press conferences, adding that she is ready to absorb potentially hefty fines to avoid what she sees as damaging media duties. in order to preserve his mind. health.
The great Rafael Nadal appeared to respectfully scorn the idea, saying that media attention ‘makes us who we are,’ and Bencic echoed his view that the spotlight benefits the stars while appearing to suggest that Osaka wastes it. words sometimes.
“I feel like I don’t have to add my [thoughts] to every topic,” the Swiss world number 11 told Tagblatt, praising Osaka for his willingness to campaign and speak out on issues such as social inequalities.
“I don’t have this need. On the other hand, sometimes I feel like she’s interested in continuing the conversation.
“Media work is part of it, it is part of our work. I never felt like I was poorly portrayed. Through media coverage, we have global publicity. And we are paid very well for a women’s sport – this is also the case thanks to the media. “
With more than 2.2 million followers on his prolific Instagram account, Osaka’s new reluctance to answer questions about his performance has left some perplexed.
The President of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moretton, described this decision as a source of “deep regret” for the quadruple Grand Slam champion, sport and the media.
“I think it’s a phenomenal mistake,” he said. “It shows how much there is a need for strong governance in tennis today.
“What is happening there is, in my opinion, not acceptable. We will obey the laws and rules on penalties and fines. “
Bencic stressed that interviews should not be granted by players immediately after emotionally affecting losses.
“You can take the time to pull yourself together before you answer the questions,” she said. “We were also trained to deal with the media. We know how to do it. “
Bencic could be more directly affected by the looming issue of potentially needed Covid-19 vaccines to allow players fewer restrictions around tournaments.
According to the outlet, Bencic turned down the possibility of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Charleston Open in the United States in April, and has yet to get a final opinion on his wish to do so.
The report states that players who were vaccinated due to the promise that they would be allowed to move more freely at the Madrid Open found that the engagement did not materialize, while the players will stand. in a bubble in one of the two hotels of the French Open.
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