Tennis legend Rafael Nadal says whereas he appreciates ladies’s world No.2 Naomi Osaka’s resolution to not communicate to the press through the French Open, he feels the media performs an vital position in shaping the careers of athletes.
“I perceive her, however for me with out the press, with out the people who find themselves writing the information and achievements that we’re having all over the world most likely we won’t be the athletes that we’re in the present day,” mentioned 13-time French Open champion Nadal at a press convention on Friday.
“We cannot have the popularity that we’ve all over the world, and we won’t be that standard,” he mentioned.
Japanese sensation Naomi this week mentioned that she wouldn’t face the media at Roland Garros as “folks don’t have any regard for athletes’ psychological well being” throughout press conferences.
The Girls’s Tennis Affiliation (WTA) had earlier mentioned that the Naomi, a four-time Grand Slam winner, has a “duty” to her sport to talk to the media.
“Psychological well being is of the utmost significance to the WTA and for that matter, each particular person particular person. Now we have a group of execs and a help system in place that take care of our athletes’ psychological and emotional well being and well-being,” it mentioned.
“The WTA welcomes a dialogue with Naomi (and all gamers) to debate attainable approaches that may assist help an athlete as they handle any considerations associated to psychological well being whereas additionally permitting us to ship upon our tasks to the followers and public,” mentioned the WTA.
The primary spherical of the French Open begins on Sunday.