Naomi Osaka has broken down in tears before resuming her first news conference since the controversy over refusing to speak to media at the French Open
Osaka became emotional shortly after being asked about dealing with media in a news conference format – and the Cincinnati Masters video call was briefly halted.
“When you say I’m not crazy about dealing with you guys, what does that refer to?” asked Osaka, who is of Japanese-Haitian heritage.
“Ever since I was younger, I have had a lot of media interest on me, and I think it’s because of my background as well.
“I can’t really help that there are some things that I tweet or some things that I say that kind of create a lot of news articles or things like that… but I would also say I’m not really sure how to balance the two.
“Like I’m figuring it out at the same time as you are, I would say.”
Osaka’s agent Stuart Duguid condemned the reporter’s question to the tennis star on Monday, as seen in a written statement provided to Reuters.
“The bully at the Cincinnati Enquirer is the epitome of why player/media relations are so fraught right now,” the statement said.
“Everyone on that Zoom will agree that his tone was all wrong and his sole purpose was to intimidate. Really appalling behaviour,” he said.
During the French Open earlier this year, the four-time Grand Slam winner said she would not do news conferences to protect her mental health.
Emergency World Cup departure by England’s Raheem Sterling
In a nightmare situation for the English national football team, Raheem Sterling has returned home after intruder broke into his family residence
Football superstar Raheem Sterling has returned home on an emergency flight, after intruders broke into his family residence.
Police are investigating the burglary at Sterling’s home in a town called Leatherhead, just south of Central London.
Reports suggest a number of expensive items were stolen, including watches and other jewellery.
Sources close to Sterling say he is “shaken” and “concerned” about the wellbeing of his loved ones and wants to be home to “support his family.”
There have been nothing be best wishes and support from fellow team mates and staff.
It comes as England get set for a big semi-finals match against France.
China hides maskless crowd by editing World Cup broadcast
China has made an effort to hide the rest of the world from its citizens by editing out crowd scenes from World Cup coverage
A China coverup has come to light as the country attempts to censor its World Cup broadcast.
Protests against China’s strict zero-covid strategy are engulfing its major cities, as Chinese TV feeds are edited to steer clear of crowd scenes.
State television removed camera shots of maskless crowd goers and instead shows closeups of coaches and players.
This has its citizens questioning why the rest of the world is getting on with normality, while they remain under strict lockdown.
The World Cup comes at a turbulent time for China, as millions remain shut away from the rest of the world.
It also comes just weeks after Xi Jinping secured a third term, with many are now demanding an end to his rein.
Tech giant could bid for Man Utd
Apple could be the next owner of English football giant Manchester United.
Reports suggest the American tech giant is considering a billion-dollar bid to take over the club.
It was confirmed earlier this week that the American Glazer family’s ownership of the football club is set to end.
The family sent a note to the New York Stock Exchange saying they’re exploring “strategic alternatives” for the English football club.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently keen to explore opportunities that owning Manchester United could provide, and is weighing up an official bid for the club in the region of $7 billion.
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