Tennis star Naomi Osaka faced the press for the first time since exiting the French Open and it wasn’t pretty.
The 24-year-old, who trains in South Florida, participated in a press conference in Cincinnati, Ohio Monday, her first one since pulling out of the French Open in May for missing a media session.
Things went awry when a reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer asked her an “aggressively toned question” about Osaka profiting from her high-profile platform, but not liking talking to the media.
She started to cry and had to step away from the podium for a minute to regain her composure.
Osaka, whose father is from Haiti also voiced her support for the embattled island nation on Twitter.
Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising 🇭🇹❤️🙏🏾
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 14, 2021