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Osaka fined for media boycott, could face expulsion from French Open

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka, 23, could be thrown out of the French Open if she continues to boycott post-match news conferences at the tournament, the board of Grand Slam tennis tournaments said on Sunday (May 30).

Osaka, who was fined US$15,000  for skipping the news conference after her first-round victory over Patricia Maria Tig at Roland Garros, could also face suspension from other Grand Slam tournaments, Grand Slam tournaments added.

The four-time Grand Slam champion said earlier this week she would not face the press during the French Open, citing mental health reasons.

“We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further code of conduct infringement consequences,” said a statement from the four Grand Slam tournaments.

“As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament.”

-Reuters

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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