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Jun 15, 2021

Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open to protect her mental health. Grand Slam organizers fined her and threatened to disqualify the professional tennis player if she continued to refuse post-match interviews. Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears share their thoughts about Osaka’s decision. They discuss athletes’ requirements to attend press conferences and why it is important to support their mental well-being. #KeepItSporty

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Grand Slam Board. (2020). 2020 Official Grand Slam Rule Book. Retrieved from

Hargrove, N. (2021, June 9). Major Companies Are Publicly Supporting Naomi Osaka— Here’s What They Have to Say. YahooLife.

Melero, S. (2021, June 6). Tennis Federation President Who Fined Osaka Says He 'Respects' Roger Federer's Withdrawal from French Open. Jezebel.

Talmazan, Y. (2021, May 27). Naomi Osaka Says She Won't Talk to the Media at French Open, Citing Mental Health. NBC News.

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