Sabalenka has the right not to do media - Pegula column

2023-06-05 12:24:49  • 4 mins

American Jessica Pegula, who is third in the singles world rankings and second in the doubles, is the latest leading WTA Tour player to feature in a BBC Sport column.

In her latest piece at the French Open, Pegula discusses players not attending open news conferences after Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka decided to skip another one.

A hot topic again at this year's French Open has been players not speaking to the media after matches to protect their mental health.

On Sunday night, Aryna Sabalenka pulled out of doing a post-match open news conference for the second round running after saying she did not feel safe in a previous one.

Two years ago there was a similar issue when Naomi Osaka did not want to speak to the media to protect her mental health.

I guess the French Open are now being more empathetic about players' mental health needs surrounding press conferences.

What Naomi did alerted people to the possibility of doing what Sabalenka did and for the tournament to work ways around it.

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