Naomi Osaka breaks down in tears in first media appearance since pulling out of French Open

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka broke down in tears in her first press conference since withdrawing from the French Open for mental health reasons.

Naomi Osaka

The four-time grand slam champion pulled out of Roland Garros on May 31 after being threatened with expulsion over refusing to fulfill media duties.

The 23-year-old missed Wimbledon but returned to action for the Olympics in her native Japan, and agreed to take part in her first press conference in almost three months on Monday.

Osaka has received a bye into Cincinnati’s Western and Southern Open second round and found herself reduced to tears when quizzed on how to balance perceived issues with press conferences with benefiting from her profile.

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