Nike and other major sponsors have come out in support of Naomi Osaka following her decision to withdraw from the French Open.
In a statement on Monday, The sports apparel giant — who signed a sponsorship deal with Osaka in 2019 — applauded the athlete for opening up about her struggle with depression.
Nike said: “Our thoughts are with Naomi. We support her and recognize her courage in sharing her own mental health experience,”.
Osaka’s decision to pull out of the competition came after a $15,000 fine was placed on her for not speaking with the press after her round match win on Sunday.
The tournament also called Roland Garros, said in a statement that Naomi Osaka had failed to honor her contractual media obligations ywas fined under the tournament’s code of conduct.
Roland Garros added in a statement that they had “tried unsuccessfully to speak with her to check on her well-being” and that she was reminded that “rules should apply equally to all players.”
Other sponsors issued statements in support of the 4 time champion, who was born in Japan and grew up in the United States.
“Naomi Osaka’s decision reminds us all how important it is to prioritize personal health and well-being,” Mastercard (MA) said in a statement.
“We support her and admire her courage to address important issues, both on and off the court.”
Osaka became the first number one tennis player to join Mastercard’s roster of global ambassadors in 2019.
Nissin Foods, a Japanese company known for its instant noodles, also released a message of solidarity.”
We pray for Ms Naomi Osaka’s earliest recovery, and wish her continue success,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.