Naomi Osaka has been threatened with disqualification from the ongoing French Open by Grand Slam organisers if she continues her media boycott at Roland Garros.
She was fined $15,000 for skipping her post-match press conference on Sunday and could face heftier punishments if she does not back down.
Here, AFP Sport looks at three infamous defaults at tennis’ Grand Slam tournaments: Novak Djokovic: 2020 US Open — Perhaps the most memorable default in major history came only eight months ago when world number one Djokovic was disqualified after accidentally striking a female line judge with a ball in frustration.
The Serbian star’s last-16 match against Pablo Carreno Busta lasted less than one set, as Djokovic hit the ball away in disgust after being broken to fall 6-5 behind, with it hitting the line judge in the throat.
Djokovic pleaded his case to the umpire and tournament referee Soeren Friemel, but after 10 minutes of discussion it was announced that the top seed’s US Open was over.
He went then directly to his car and left the Flushing Meadows site in New York without speaking to reporters. “I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong,” Djokovic later said in an apology posted on social media.
Jeff Tarango: 1995 Wimbledon — Tarango argued repeatedly with chair umpire Bruno Rebeuh during a third round match against Alexander Mronz.—APP