King, on Osaka: “Without the press no one would know who we are”

King, on Osaka: "Without the press no one would know who we are"

After the four Grand Slams announced the fine of 15,000 dollars (about 12,300 euros), with threat of expulsion, to Naomi Osaka for refusing to attend the media at Roland Garros, some tennis legends expressed their opinion on the attitude of the Japanese woman, a player admired for her social aspect, but in this case she has not found support for her decision. The position of the world of racquet sports is practically unanimous against the decision of the former number one and winner of four Grand Slams.

One of the figures who have made statements in this regard is the mythical Billie Jean King, a symbol of women’s tennis and one of the founders of the WTA. “I completely admire and respect what Naomi is doing with her platform, but I’m a bit torn trying to learn from both sides of this situation. Since it is important that everyone has the right to express their truth, I have always believed that as professional athletes we have a responsibility to be available to the media. “says the 77-year-old American and winner of 12 majors. In our day, without the press, no one would have known who we are or what we think. It is indisputable that they helped build and grow our sport to make it as it is now, “he continues.

“I understand that things are very different now with social media and with everyone having the immediate possibility to speak about their truth. The media continue to play an important role in telling our story. And it is indisputable that you have to respect certain limits. But at the end of the day it’s important to respect each other and be in this together, “concludes King in his Twitter message.

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