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Nike backs Naomi Osaka after withdrawing from French Open


The sports apparel giant – which signed a sponsorship deal with Osaka in 2019 – in a statement on Monday lauded the athlete, who spoke about her struggle with depression.

Naomi said, “Our condolences are with Naomi. We support her and recognize her courage to share her mental health experience.”

Osaka’s decision to pull out of the competition came after the tournament, also known as Roland Garros, fined him $15,000 for not speaking to the media after his first-round match on Sunday.
Four-time major champion announced, citing mental health reasons Twitter Last Wednesday that she would not participate in any news conference in the tournament. Announcing his subsequent decision to withdraw, he manifest That she “suffered long bouts of depression” since winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018.
Roland Garros said Statement that Osaka had failed to honor its contractual media obligations and was fined under the tournament’s code of conduct. The statement said Roland Garros “failed to speak with him to check on his well-being” and was reminded that “the rules should apply equally to all players.”

Other sponsors issued statements in support of Osaka, who was born in Japan and grew up in the United States.

“Naomi Osaka’s decision reminds all of us how important it is to prioritize personal health and wellbeing.” master card (MA) said in a statement. “We support him and admire his courage to resolve important issues on and off the court.”
Osaka became the first number one tennis player to join mastercard Roster of Global Ambassadors in 2019.
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Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer says it supports its brand Ambassador “in a victorious but also during a challenging period.”

The company said in a statement, “Naomi is going through a difficult time and we really look forward to seeing her back soon. She is a great champion and we are confident that she will come out of this period stronger, no matter what.” Be it professionally or personally.”

Nissin Foods, a Japanese company known for its instant noodles, also issued a message of solidarity.

“We wish Naomi Osaka a speedy recovery and wish her success,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

Japanese automaker Nissan also threw its weight behind Osaka. “We support the right of our ambassadors to express themselves and stand by their decisions,” the company said in a statement.

Tokyo-based airline All Nippon Airways said it would also continue to support Osaka “as a sponsor”.

SweetGreen, an American restaurant chain of which Osaka is a brand ambassador and investor, said: “Our partnership with Naomi is rooted in wellness in all its forms. We support her in advancing the conversation about mental health and She is proud to be a part of the Sweetgreen team.”

French Open sponsors Rolex, Angie and Infosys (information) declined to comment.

— Chris Liakos, Chi Kobayashi and Michelle Toh contributed reporting.


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