World No. 2 Naomi Osaka broke down in tears shortly after her press conference started at the Cincinnati Masters.
First, Osaka became upset after a journalist said she was not “crazy” about dealing with the media but yet she has outside interests that are served by having a media platform.
Then, Osaka was asked about the recent earthquake in Haiti and then she broke down in tears before returning and apologizing.
“Ever since I was young, I have had a lot of media interest on me, and I think it’s because of my background as well as how I play. I’m a tennis player. That’s why a lot of people are interested in me,” Osaka said, per Sky Sports.
“I would say in that regard I’m quite different to a lot of people, and 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, and I know it’s because I have won a couple of Grand Slams and I have done a lot of press conferences that these things happen.
“But I would also say, I’m not really sure how to balance the two. I’m figuring it out at the same time as you are, I would say.”
Osaka thinks she did the right thing
Osaka revealed that at the Tokyo Olympics athletes were approaching her and giving her credit for what she did.
“I would say for me in that moment I wasn’t really proud. I felt like it was something I needed to do for myself more than anything. I felt like I holed up in my house for a couple of weeks, and I was a little bit embarrassed to go out because I didn’t know if people were looking at me in a different way than they usually did before.
“I think the biggest eye-opener was going to the Olympics and having other athletes come up to me and say that they were really glad that I did what I did. So after all that, yeah, I’m proud of what I did, and I think it was something that needed to be done.”