Naomi Osaka's agent calls reporter a 'bully' after tennis star makes press conference return

Naomi Osaka talked to the media on Monday and got psychological while responding to concerns from press reporters for the very first time in 3 months. Osaka was speaking with press reporters in Mason, Ohio for the Western & Southern Open. Osaka withdrew from the French Open in May mentioning her psychological health and stating she did not wish to take part in press conference. 

The interview started with Osaka being inquired about her preparation and moved to talking about how she prepares to offer the cash prize she makes at the competition to Haiti relief efforts. Osaka was noticeably psychological at one point throughout journalism conference, cleaning her face and pulling her hat down. Osaka took a break after the mediator recommended they take a minute and after a couple of minutes she went back to complete the media look. 

Osaka and Cincinnati Enquirer writer Paul Daugherty were associated with the exchange that result in her increased feelings. Daugherty asked Osaka about her relationship with the media. Osaka’s representative Stuart Duguid later on described the writer as a “bully.”

Here is Duguid’s declaration to CNN:

“The bully at the Cincinnati Enquirer is the epitome of why player / media relations are so fraught right now. Everyone on that Zoom will agree that his tone was all wrong and his sole purpose was to intimidate. Really appalling behavior. And this insinuation that Naomi owes her off court success to the media is a myth – don’t be so self-indulgent.”

And here’s the exchange in between Daughtery and Osaka:

Daugherty“You’re not crazy about dealing with us, especially in this format. Yet you have a lot of outside interests that are served by having a media platform. I guess my question is how do you balance the two? And also do you have anything you’d like to share with us about what you did say to Simone Biles?” (Earlier in journalism conference, Osaka stated she had actually sent out a message to Biles however stated she wished to offer her area, “because I know how overwhelming it can feel.”)

Osaka“When you say I’m not crazy about dealing with you guys, what does that refer to?”

Daugherty“Well, you’ve said you don’t especially like the press conference format, yet that seems to be obviously the most widely used means of communication to the media and through the media to the public.”

Osaka“That’s interesting. I would say the occasion, like when to do the press conferences what I feel is the most difficult. […] I’m very actually interested in that point of view. So if you could repeat that, that would be awesome.”

Daugherty“The question was that you’re not especially fond of dealing with the media, especially in this format. You have suggested there are better ways to do it, that we’d like to try to explore that. My question, I guess, was you also have outside interests beyond tennis that are served by having the platform that the media presents to you. My question is how do you think you might be able to best balance the two?”

Osaka:  “I feel like this is something that I can’t really speak for everybody. I can only speak for myself, but ever since I was younger I’ve had a lot of media interest on me, and I think it’s because of my background as well as how I play. Because in the first place I’m a tennis player. That’s why a lot of people are interested in me.

“I would state because regard I’m rather various to a great deal of individuals. I can’t actually assist that there are some things that I tweet or some things that I state that type of develop a great deal of news short articles or things like that. I understand it’s because I’ve won a couple grand slams and I’ve gotten to do a great deal of interview where these things occur.

“But I would also say I’m not really sure how to balance the two. I’m figuring it out at the same time as you are I would say.”

The Western & Southern Open began Monday.



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