Tour, players react to Osaka: Talking to media part of job

Naomi Osaka’s declaration that she won’t participate in news conferences during the French Open is a natural topic for discussion on tournament media day in Paris. Other players say they understand Osaka’s stance and respect her choice, but also say they consider speaking to reporters part of the job. The women’s professional tennis tour says in a statement Friday that players a responsibility to interact with the media. The WTA also says it understands Osaka’s concerns about the mental health of athletes and wants to work with her and other players to address how to support them.