Tennis stars are reversing their criticism of Naomi Osaka, who pulled out of the French Open on Monday saying she suffers 'bouts of depression', after initially telling her it's part of the job to speak to the press, no matter how hard she may find it.
Osaka, 23, announced last week that she would not be taking media questions at Roland-Garros because she thinks journalists 'doubt' her and she didn't want to subject herself to their tough questions.
She was fined $15,000 and threatened with expulsion from the remaining Grand Slams, as well as being accused of trying to have her cake and eat it too.
Osaka was the highest paid female athlete in history in 2019, earning $37.4million.
Veteran players spoke out afterwards to say while they sympathized with anyone suffering mental health problems, speaking to the press was part of the job and without journalists, no one would know who they are.
Osaka then withdrew from the tournament and said she has …