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Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka, has been fined $15,000 for not showing up for her media duties after her game on Sunday.

Roland Garros, home of the French Open, has tried to reach out to the 23-year-old, but to no avail.

The four major Grand Slam tournaments, namely the French Open, Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon, have released a joint statement regarding the matter.

"We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations, she would be exposing herself to possible further code of conduct infringement consequences."

Citing mental health reasons, the world number two refused to speak to any media but chose to post a message on her social media platforms instead.

"I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health, and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one."

She went on to say that athletes are "often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds, and I'm just not going to subject me to people that doubt me".

Press conferences are part of tennis players' contractual obligations during most tournaments. The four major Grand Slam tournaments reached out to Osaka jointly, checking in on her well-being and warning her that a heftier fine or even expulsion could be on the cards should she refuse any more press conferences.

Watch the MSNBC video below for more information on Naomi Osaka's fine.

Image credit: Sky News

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