Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli says there are huge query marks about whether or not or not Naomi Osaka will play on the grasscourt championships this yr after her withdrawal from the French Open, citing psychological well being points.
Japan’s Osaka pulled out of French Open on Monday after refusing to attend the necessary post-match press conferences and revealing she had been affected by bouts of despair for a number of years.
Her determination has turned the highlight on the media calls for on tennis gamers and Bartoli believes the Girls’s Tennis Affiliation (WTA) and the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) are looking for an answer that would work for Osaka.
“We didn’t count on for this to occur, Bartoli informed ITV Sport throughout her function as a pundit on Friday. “We didn’t suppose the state of affairs was so unhealthy with Naomi. I believe the WTA is attempting actually laborious to seek out some resolution.
“The press conferences in the intervening time will not be the same old ones with the press not even within the press room, and so they all being accomplished on Zoom, so that you don’t really feel like that anxiousness you would possibly really feel when you could have somebody in your face asking a tricky query.
“However perhaps they’re looking for a technique to slim all the way down to perhaps three or 4 questions for Naomi’s press conferences.”
Osaka, 23, mentioned in a press release on Monday that she would take a while away from the sport.
The ITF has promised a complete evaluation on how gamers and media work together throughout tournaments, saying they take psychological well being points extraordinarily significantly.
With Wimbledon looming later this month, Bartoli feels that the time-frame is perhaps too small for Osaka.
“I hope she is at Wimbledon for ladies’s tennis and tennis on the whole,” the Frenchwoman mentioned. “She is such an enormous star and she or he resonates all over the world. However after all, there are a number of query marks, we don’t know if she can be there.
“We haven’t heard from her, we don’t know the place she is. However the gamers are supporting her and the WTA are looking for an answer with the ITF in order that she may be comfy the subsequent time she faces a press convention.”
Wimbledon has mentioned there’s a need to work collectively to create “significant enhancements”.