Tennis super star, Naomi Osaka, has withdrawn from the French Open. She announced Monday on social media that she will "take some time away from the court" one day after she was fined and threatened with harsher sanctions for skipping her mandatory media obligations. You can read more details on that here.
Osaka, in a lengthy statement, found below, said she "never wanted to be a distraction" and that her withdrawal is "the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being."
"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," Osaka wrote. "I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and message could have been clearer."