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Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open

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Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has on Monday withdrawn from the 2021 French Open after she was threatened with expulsion over her press boycott decision.

The world number two caused a storm on the eve of the tournament when she revealed that she would not attend any press conferences at Roland Garros on account of mental health concerns.

Following her first-round win, Osaka was fined $15,000 by Grand Slam organisers for failing to attend a news conference.

And on Sunday, she was warned she could be thrown out of the French Open if she continues with her decision to boycott all media activity including the post-match news conferences at the tournament.

On Monday, the Japanese star released the statement on Twitter giving reasons for her withdrawal – and for her decision to avoid press conferences in the first place saying “the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my wellbeing is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.”

She added, “I never wanted to be a distraction. I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.

The four-time Grand Slam champion said “The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m introverted, and anyone that’s seen me at tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety.

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UEFA Open Disciplinary Proceedings Against English FA Following Euro 2020 Final

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UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against England after Euro 2020 Final

UEFA has launched a disciplinary investigation against the English Football Association following events inside and outside Wembley stadium at the euro 2020 final.

UEFA says the investigation is in accordance with article 31 of its rules.

The fa has also been hit with four charges; invasion of the field of play by its supporters, throwing of objects by its supporters, disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem, and lighting of a firework by its supporters.

The UEFA also said the case would be dealt with by the its control, ethics, and disciplinary body in time.

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Serena Williams Announces She Will Not Play In Tokyo Olympics

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Serena Williams Announces She Will Not Play In Tokyo Olympics

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has announced that she will not be heading to the Tokyo Olympics.

Williams, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, did not give a reason for not showing up.

Williams isn’t the only tennis player, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem also said they will not attend the Olympics. Roger Federer said on Saturday he had yet to decide on whether or not he planned to go to Tokyo.

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UEFA To Scrap Away Goals Rule In All European Club Competitions

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UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has confirmed the scrapping of away goals rule from European competitions for the 2021-2022 season.

The rule has been used for more than half a century, but will no longer apply in deciding knockout matches in UEFA club competitions, including the champions, and the Europa, leagues.

Arsenal’s former boss, Arsene Wenger. And Atletico Madrid’s head coach, Diego Simeone, disagree with the idea.

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