Naomi Osaka Cries and Halts Press Conference After Reporter Asked her a ‘Fairly Aggressively Toned’ Question About Reaping the Benefits of Media Attention While Refusing to do Press Conferences

Osaka was hit with a question about how she has benefitted from a high media profile, but dislikes speaking to the press

Naomi Osaka‘s first press conference since her controversial decision at the French Open to refuse questions from reporters resulted in tears on Monday.

Osaka, who pulled out of the May competition after she was hit with fines for skipping mandatory post-match media briefings, began sobbing after she was asked ‘a fairly aggressively toned question’ about how she has benefitted greatly from media attention, while avoiding speaking to the press.

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Osaka told the reporter, who was identified as Paul Daugherty, a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, that she was proud of her decision to refuse the media briefings.

Speaking at the 2021 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati said: ‘I felt like it was something I needed to do for yourself. I felt like I holed up in my house for a couple of weeks, and I didn’t know if people would be looking at me in a different way than they usually did before.

Naomi Osaka‘s first press conference since her controversial decision at the French Open to refuse questions from reporters resulted in tears on Monday.

Osaka, who pulled out of the May competition after she was hit with fines for skipping mandatory post-match media briefings, began sobbing after she was asked ‘a fairly aggressively toned question’ about how she has benefitted greatly from media attention, while avoiding speaking to the press.

Osaka told the reporter, who was identified as Paul Daugherty, a sports columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, that she was proud of her decision to refuse the media briefings.

Speaking at the 2021 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati said: ‘I felt like it was something I needed to do for yourself. I felt like I holed up in my house for a couple of weeks, and I didn’t know if people would be looking at me in a different way than they usually did before.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Peter Belfiore

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