Osaka: ‘Best thing’ for French Open would be her withdrawal

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Naomi Osaka says on Twitter that “the best thing for the tournament” is if she withdraws from the French Open. Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player. A spokeswoman for the tournament said the French Open was not aware of Osaka’s withdrawal. Osaka’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She had declared she would not speak to the media during Roland Garros and was fined $15,000 after she skipped the postmatch news conference following her first-round victory Sunday. On Monday she tweeted: “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.”

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