Osaka bowed out of last year’s tournament citing mental health reasons and vowed to avoid talking to the media. She created a firestorm in the process, receiving support from some, criticism from others. El viernes, ella returned to the clay court and addressed the media.
“I’m not going to lie. When I first came here, I was very worried,” Osaka admitted. “I was just kind of worried if there would be people that — of course, I also didn’t like how I handled the situation — but I was worried that there were people that I offended some way, and I would just kind of bump into them.
“But I think everyone has been really positive, en la mayor parte. I’m not really so sure. I was also very worried about this conferencia de prensa because I knew I’d get a lot of questions about this.”
Osaka’s decision last year to skip press conferences resulted in a $ 15,000 multa. She was also threatened with additional punishment from the other Grand Slam tournaments. She explained at the time she was experiencing “huge waves of anxiety” talking to the media as well as suffering “long bouts of depression.”
“En la mayor parte, I think I’m OK,” she said Friday.
Osaka, who hasn’t advanced past than the third round at Roland Garros, has been dealing with an Achilles injury. She didn’t play in a clay court tune-up in Rome earlier this month.
“Para mí, there is no way I’m not going to play this tournament. Asi que, por supuesto, you kind of have to manage things,” Osaka said. “Pero, al mismo tiempo, I’m going to pop a few painkillers. … I have actually played a lot of Grand Slams with something.
“So I think maybe there is a possibility I could play really good when I have an injury, because I feel like I don’t have anything to lose.”
Osaka drew No. 27 seed Amanda Anisimova in the first round. Their match is set for Sunday.
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