Grand Slams pledged to work to improve player experience at major tournaments

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The Grand Slams have pledged to work to improve the player experience at major tournaments following Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open.

A strong joint statement from the majors on Sunday threatening Osaka with disqualification and a ban from future tournaments if she did not reverse her decision not to fulfill her media commitments fanned the flames of what had already become a major talking point.

Osaka opened up on the long bouts of depression she has suffered since being thrust into the global spotlight by winning her first major title at the US Open in 2018 and the anxieties she experiences around talking to the media.

Another statement on Tuesday took a very different tone, with the majors offering the world No 2 their help.