2019 British Open golfing champ Shibuno expresses sympathy for Naomi Osaka

Hinako Shibuno, the Japanese professional golfer who received the Women’s British Open up in 2019, talked about her very own unpleasant practical experience with journalists Tuesday when addressing Naomi Osaka’s media boycott saga, which has turn into a main tennis speaking point.

“I am going to bet about half the athletes realize how Osaka feels,” Shibuno explained of Osaka’s conclusion to avoid her French Open up media obligations in purchase to defend her mental overall health.

“I am a lot more on her facet. But I never have all the ideal answers,” she stated.

Hinako Shibuno of Japan performs a observe spherical on June 1, 2021, forward of the U.S. Women’s Open up golf event starting on June 3 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Osaka’s choice to withdraw from the French Open up has sparked a discussion on the function of media in sports activities.

Osaka said prior to the Grand Slam event she would not participate in article-match press conferences, citing her psychological wellness. Right after winning her first-round match, Osaka was fined $15,000 by the tournament for missing her media availability.

Then, Osaka determined to withdraw from the French Open up, disclosing her ongoing battle with depression. The planet No. 2 was pursuing a fifth Grand Slam title in Paris.


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Like Osaka, Shibuno had to master to offer with the business facets of the sport when she speedily turned a star.

Shibuno experienced to get accustomed to becoming in the highlight on and off the playing industry after she received the Women’s British Open up as a 20-12 months-outdated building her important championship debut in August 2019, turning into Japan’s initial important winner in 42 years.

She stated that it can be “quite agonizing” to have to response queries in the midst of a slump and she would rather cope with her performance troubles on her individual, but she also feels like she has a qualified obligation to communicate to the press.

“It really is sophisticated,” she said.

When asked about the affect of the media on her mental health and fitness, Shibuno claimed she approaches athletics media with humor.

“I do get curious about how I’m represented in the media, when I come across my name. I generally think about how funny (the information headlines) are,” she reported.

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