Boris Becker has criticised Naomi Osaka’s decision to withdraw from the French Open and now pull-out of Wimbledon citing mental health concerns.
The current World No 2 Osaka had withdrew from the two Grand Slams due to pressure she faced during mandatory press conferences.
Becker however has lashed out against the four-time Grand Slam champion.
“Is that really pressure?” the German said to The Times.
“Isn’t it pressure when you don’t have food on the table? When you’ve got to feed your family and you don’t have a job? When you have a life-changing injury? Isn’t that more pressure?
“You’re 23, you’re healthy, you’re wealthy, your family is good. Where is the f******g pressure?”
The Japanese had announced her decision via social media to boycott the mandatory press conferences at the French Open just days before the tournament started. Osaka copped a fine of $15,000 for missing the press conference after her first round win.
However, the four Grand Slams issued a statement claiming that repeated infractions by missing the interactions may result in the player being defaulted from the tournament. Organisers are said to have attempted to get in touch with Osaka but without success.
The player, who earned over $50 million in endorsements last year according to Forbes, decided to withdraw from Roland Garros instead.
She also decided to pull-out from the ongoing Wimbledon Championships.
The talented youngster’s four Grand Slam titles have come at the hard court events, two each at the Australian Open and US Open.
She has failed to go past the third round in both the French Open and Wimbledon.