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

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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. 

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