Legendary Jack Nicklaus, and female golf star Michelle Wie endorse Naomi Osaka – owner of four women’s Grand Slams – withdrawing from Roland Garros taking place in Paris.

Osaka's decision to withdraw from Roland Garros shocked the sports world.  Photo AP

Osaka’s decision to withdraw from Roland Garros shocked the sports world. Image AP

Osaka’s abandonment of Roland Garros has spread to this week’s PGA Tour event – the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village from July 3 to June 6, on a par72 course designed and hosted by Nicklaus. Osaka wants to protect her mental health from boring and potentially hurtful questions from the media. This story was mentioned on June 2, when Nicklaus met with the media the day before the tournament.

“If Osaka has psychological problems, including stress when interacting with reporters, then instead of forcing or chasing, the media should sympathize and let her do what is necessary for herself. Reporters and I don’t know what the specific problem is. Personally, I sympathize and hope Osaka gets the necessary help,” the player born in 1940 expressed his defense of the 23-year-old Japanese tennis player.

Nicklaus – nicknamed “Golden Bear” – won 73 PGA Tour championships, including a record of 18 majors, on the list of great golfers in the world through all time. He also enjoys tennis, which is rated top friendliness when dealing with the media.

As a star golfer, Michelle Wie understands the pressure of being under scrutiny, from competition, injury to private life. “I’m scrutinized and researched all year round, even when I’m at a low point, so I understand the feeling of inhibition and heaviness. I’m also nervous when I speak in front of the media about the same questions every week. Naomi was really brave in action last week. I’m really proud of the athletes who prioritize and find ways to address mental health issues. We need to discuss this more,” Wie replied when asked. asked at the press conference before the US Women’s Open major on June 2.

Wie was born in 1989, won five LPGA Tour titles, including the US Women’s Open 2014 – the only major in the current individual achievement. At the age of 10, she became famous when she became the youngest player in the US Amateur – a high-performance amateur tournament organized by the American Golf Association.

Wie entered professional golf at the age of 16, and has since been sought after by countless sponsors and media. More than five years ago, Wie in golf was like Maria Sharapova in tennis. Wie married Jonnie West in October 2019, added her husband’s last name and gave birth to their first daughter in the middle of last year. Today, June 3, she will debut at the US Women’s Open 2021.

Last weekend, Osaka took the initiative to drop the press conference – a mandatory obligation for all players attending the tournament – after winning the first round of Roland Garros.

“I’ve had a lot of trouble dealing with depression since the 2018 US Open. My family knows I’m introverted. I usually wear headphones when I go to the court to reduce anxiety. Tennis and the media treat me well. I want to apologize to the wonderful journalists who have been hurt by me, but I am really nervous every time I speak in front of you and the world, so I think it’s better to take care of myself. , by skipping the press conference. I announced this in advance, because I felt the rules were outdated,” Osaka explained.

The player born in 1997 was fined $ 15,000 by the Organizing Committee – the French Tennis Federation for this action. On May 31, she announced her withdrawal from the award. Osaka won four Grand Slams, all on hard courts from 2018-2021. This number of titles includes two in the US, the rest in Australia.

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