Inside Naomi Osaka’s bombshell decision to boycott the media for the sake of her mental health

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
loading...
Loading, please wait...
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Tennis star Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French Open after being threatened with disqualification for
declining to speak to the media. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)
Tennis star Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French Open after being threatened with disqualification for declining to speak to the media. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

On court she’s fierce, focused and confident, charging up to the net, sending double-handed backhands ripping into the opposite corner and notching up aces.

Not for nothing is Naomi Osaka the current world No 2, holder of four Grand Slam titles and 2020’s highest-earning female athlete on the planet.

She made $37,4 million (R523,6m) last year, with $34m (R476m) of that coming from endorsements. Louis Vuitton, Tag Heuer, Mastercard, Nike, Airbnb – all have lined up to get her on board. 

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in