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Naomi Osaka reduced to tears during Cincinnati news conference

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Naomi Osaka reduced to tears during Cincinnati news conference

Naomi Osaka was reduced to tears on Monday in her first WTA Tour news conference since snubbing the media at the French Open.

Cincinnati, Ohio – Naomi Osaka was reduced to tears on Monday in her first WTA Tour news conference since snubbing the media at the French Open.

Naomi Osaka hits the court to practice for the 2021 Western & Southern Open WTA.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Osaka answered the question from the journalist, but the video call was paused as she cried before later resuming the press conference.

She said before pausing: “That’s interesting: I would say the occasion, when to do the press conferences is what I feel is the most difficult.”

“I’m actually very interested in that point of view. For me I feel this is something I can’t really speak for everybody, I can only speak for myself.”

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“But ever since I was younger, I’ve had a lot of media interest on me, and I think it’s because of my background as well as how I play.”

“Because in the first place I’m a tennis player, which is why a lot of people are interested in me. So I would say in that regard I’m quite different to a lot of people, and I can’t really help that there are some things I tweet or say that create a lot of news articles or things like that.”

“But I would also say, I’m not really sure how to balance it too, I’m figuring it out at the same time as you are, I would say.”

Osaka then broke down while the next question was being put to her, but was able to continue.

The 23-year-old was given a first-round bye in what will be her first WTA tournament since the French Open.

Osaka, whose father is from Haiti, has announced that she will donate any prize money she receives from the tournament to Haiti relief efforts following Saturday’s devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

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