But while Osaka said she expected to face fines, the tennis star has instead not only been fined, but now faces the possibility of expulsion. In a stern statement released shortly after her win, the four grand slam tournaments warned that if Osaka continues to snub the press, she could be “exposing herself” to sanctions including being thrown out of the tournament, with a major offence investigation that could lead to possible grand slam suspensions down the line. The statement also saw the tournaments reveal that they had “unsuccessfully” attempted to speak with Osaka and check on her wellbeing, but said their attempts to reach out to her were met with a similar ending.
“We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences,” they wrote. “As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament and the trigger of a major offence investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions.”