Ashleigh Barty says doing media duties is an integral part of the job.© AFP
World number one Ashleigh Barty said on Friday that she would not be following her nearest competitor Naomi Osaka at the French Open boycott for press conferencesInsisting to speak to the media is “part of the job.” Japanese star Osaka caused a stir in the… Roland Garros By announcing that she would refuse to do any journalistic activity in the tournament, Claiming she fears it will affect her mental health.
The four-time winner believes traditional post-match investigations are like “kicking people when they stumble.”
However, 2019 French Open Winner Barty says doing media duties is an integral part of the job.
“We know what we have in common as professional tennis players,” said the 25-year-old Australian.
“I can’t really comment on how Naomi feels or the decisions she makes. Sometimes the press conference is difficult of course but it’s also not something that bothers me.
“I’ve never had any problems answering questions. It’s not something that bothered me too much.
“And it certainly doesn’t keep me up at night what I say or hear or what you guys ask me about.”
Osaka risks fines of up to $20,000 for skipping press conferences at French Open which starts on Sunday.
She said she would donate the money to mental health charities.
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