Naomi Osaka announces she is withdrawing from Roland Garros after she was threatened with disqualification for boycotting media duties, while on court Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Iga Swiatek all reached the second round.
There was also good news for South Africa as Lloyd Harris continued to punch above his weight to claim the scalp of Lorenzo Sonego with a 7-5 6-4 6-4 upset win.
Japanese star Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, said before the tournament that she would not attend press conferences to protect her mental health, saying the traditional post-match inquests are like “kicking people when they’re down”.
She refused to speak to the media after her first-round victory on Sunday. The organizers of the four major tournaments – the Australian, French and US Opens as well as Wimbledon – responded by fining the world No 2 $15 000 and threatening her with further sanctions, including defaulting her from Roland Garros.
But the 23-year-old said she has suffered from depression since winning her first Slam in the infamous US Open final three years ago against Serena Williams, and pulled out of the event.