It’s a big topic this season. Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka and her struggle against media pressure at press conferences. While some of the big stars of the world courts don’t quite understand his words, Switzerland’s Roger Federer has defended the young players. According to him, the change must come.
He hasn’t watched the courts for some time, he still has knee problems, yet the 40-year-old Swiss tennis player has found time for several interviews, including British magazine GQ.
In it, he surprisingly spoke about a topic that arose in the spring in Paris, when Osaka refused to go to press conferences in Paris because they were too stressful and violent for her, and s’ eventually retired from the tournament and played at the Tokyo Olympics. in summer. .
“I understand that. The pressure on the players is enormous, and change has to come in this regard,” said the Swiss.
At the same time, the two current world leaders, Serbian Novak Djokovic and Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, said that as professionals all players should be used to the media pressure.
“Yes, the players are pros, but they are also people. Now everything is on social networks. The first ten years of my career were not like that, I had as many websites as possible, the ten In the following years there were networks all around us, “says Federer.
And according to him, the situation is the worst around the young players. “We have to help the younger generation, I don’t know how I would cope with this boom at their age. For ten positive comments, there is one negative, and it is the one who perceives the most,” he thinks . .
According to him, the improvement of the atmosphere should start at the press conferences. “I’m one of the players who has done most of the press releases in my life, and I agree with Naomi, it’s always the same thing over and over again, the same questions,” Federer said.
He will therefore endeavor to determine a new strategy on how the media activities of tennis players should unfold.
“We players, tournament organizers and journalists should sit down and talk about what is good for us, what is good for them, and find a common path. The revolution must come because the current situation is frightening,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
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