This is related to the fact that Osaka opted to drop out of both the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments earlier this year on mental health grounds and said she did not want to take part in press conferences. At the time she said: “Though the tennis press has always been kind to me… I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media.”
Morgan chimed in to tell Kelly that Osaka had also blocked him on Twitter, sarcastically adding: “The only media Ms Osaka wants to tolerate are sycophantic magazine editors telling her how perfect she is.”
Yep, and she just blocked me too. The only media Ms Osaka wants to tolerate are sycophantic magazine editors tellin… https://t.co/MOXn0Uoe15
In what appears to be a now-deleted tweet, Osaka fired back at Kelly to inform the reporter that these photoshoots were shot last year before she started to speak out about her mental health.
Naomi Osaka called out Megyn Kelly over criticism of the tennis star appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrat… https://t.co/wHnS1Bvuem
— The Sporting News (@The Sporting News)
A few weeks ago, Morgan was criticised for saying 18-year-old Emma Raducanu dropped out of Wimbledon because she “couldn’t handle the pressure”. The youngster withdrew because of breathing problems, and later said: “I found it very difficult to regulate my breathing. It was emphasised my some long rallies we had towards the end of the first set which made it tough for me to keep my composure and breathing in check.
“I don’t know what caused it, I think it was a combination of everything that has gone on behind the scenes and the accumulation of the excitement and the buzz.”