Meeting with media if requested after matches – win or lose – has been written in stone for the US Open when the final Grand Slam of the season starts on Monday.
The prohibition for skipping what can sometimes be slightly uncomfortable sessions were put in place to assure no repeat of Naomi Osaka’s unilateral decision at Roland Garros last May not to talk to media.
The painfully shy four-time grand Slam winner eventually pulled out of the event before her second round match and then skipped Wimbledon – presumably work on her mental health which she said was impacted by being required to attend post-match pressers.
But that looks like being smoothed out when play in New York begins.
“Honestly, there’s a lot of things I did wrong in that moment, but
I’m also the type of person that’s very in the moment,” Osaka said in the Open run-up.
“Whatever I feel, I’ll say it or do it. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. There are a lot of things that I learned to do better.
“I don’t feel the same situation will happen again.
“Maybe (I) would maybe think it through a bit more… , I didn’t know how big of a deal it would become.”