Media blackout? What media blackout? Tennis star Osaka poses for Vogue

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Well, that didn’t last long and we bet the questions were super nice!

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has now broken her social media silence to publicize her photo shoot in Vogue Japan.

Thus ending the 23-year-old’s much-publicized press blackout. She shared photos from the shoot on her Instagram page.

She wrote: “Hi guys. Popping out to post this Vogue Japan cover, hope you’re all doing well and staying safe.”

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Thank God. And the post got some love from the likes of Venus Williams, Nicki Minaj and Saweetie.

Others, however, were raising their eyebrows and the sudden and self-serving about face when it comes to media matters.

Osaka pulled the pin on the French Open when she decided she wouldn’t take participate in the press duties part of her job, a tennis tradition.

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At the time she said she was dealing with mental health struggles.

The less-charitable suggested she didn’t want to address questions about her sub-par performances on clay courts.

She was fined $15,000 for skipping the media scrum.

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Many of the sport’s luminaries criticized her move.

Boris Becker said stars can’t have “half the cake”.

“‘If she can’t cope with the media in Paris, she can’t cope with the media at Wimbledon, she can’t cope with the media at the US Open,” Becker said.

Women’s number one ranked star, Ashleigh Barty, agreed with Becker.

Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a forehand in her First Round match against Patricia Maria Tig of Romania during Day 1 of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2021 in Paris, France.
Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a forehand in her First Round match against Patricia Maria Tig of Romania during Day 1 of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2021 in Paris, France. Photo by Julian Finney /Getty Images

“We know what we sign up for as professional tennis players,” Barty said last week..

“I can’t really comment on what Naomi is feeling or her decisions she makes.

“At times press conferences are hard, of course, but it’s also not something that bothers me. I’ve never had problems answering questions or being completely honest with you guys. It’s not something that’s ever fazed me too much.”

bhunter@postmedia.com
On Twitter: @HunterTOSun

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