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Leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments on Tuesday pledged to address players' concerns about mental health after Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open.

Driving the news: Osaka, a four-time major champion and No. 2-ranked player, pulled out of the French Open on Monday amid controversy over her decision to not attend press conferences at the tournament. She wrote in a statement that she experiences "huge waves of anxiety" before meeting with reporters and has "suffered long bouts of depression."

  • "I'm gonna take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans," she added.

What they're saying: "On behalf of the Grand Slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court. She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate," said Tuesday’s joint statement from leaders of the French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open.

  • "Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another," the statement added.
  • "We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathize with the unique pressures tennis players may face."
  • In a separate statement to the AP, International Tennis Federation official Heather Bowler said the sport will "review what needs to evolve" after Osaka "shone a light on mental health issues."

Between the lines: The same four administrators who threatened disqualification or suspension for Osaka all signed on to Tuesday's joint statement, per AP.

  • The 23-year-old player of Haitian and Japanese descent was fined $15,000 on Sunday after not attending a mandatory press conference.

Go deeper: What to know about Naomi Osaka's French Open withdrawal

Go deeper

May 31, 2021 - Sports

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open after refusing to do press conferences

Naomi Osaka. Photo: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Naomi Osaka, the world's No. 2 tennis star, announced Monday she was withdrawing from the French Open amid controversy over her decision to not participate in press conferences at the tournament.

The big picture: Osaka announced last week that she would skip the news conferences, saying, "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 was fined $15,000 by Roland Garros on Sunday for declining to participate in a mandatory news conference.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jun 1, 2021 - Sports

What to know about Naomi Osaka's French Open withdrawal

Photo: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French Open on Monday amid controversy over her decision to not participate in press conferences at the tournament.

Catch up quick: Osaka announced last week that she would skip the media sessions, saying, "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."

May 31, 2021 - Sports

Naomi Osaka fined $15k for declining media interviews at French Open

Osaka Naomi at Roland Garros in Paris, France on May 30. Photo: Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua via Getty Images

Naomi Osaka, the world's No. 2 tennis star and highest-paid female athlete, was fined $15,000 by Roland Garros for declining media interviews at the French Open.

The big picture: The 23-year-old "already gives very few individual interviews and has reached a level of celebrity that she can probably maintain through social media, her sponsors and coverage of her matches," the New York Times reports.