Story at a glance

  • In May, Osaka withdrew from the French Open, a day after being fined $15,000 for not talking to the media, citing a need to focus on her mental health.
  • Recently, ahead of the Olympic games where she will be representing Japan, Osaka has been featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated and Vogue Japan, among others.
  • Megyn Kelly mocked Osaka on social media for participating in the interviews after citing her mental health, though the magazine covers were shot prior to Osaka’s withdrawal and statement.

Tennis phenom Naomi Osaka responded simply when Megyn Kelly attacked her on social media — by blocking her.

In May, Osaka withdrew from the French Open, a day after being fined $15,000 for not talking to the media after winning her first match, citing a need to focus on her mental health. At the time, a number of athletes took to social media to voice their support for Osaka.

Recently, ahead of the Olympic games where she will be representing Japan, Osaka has been featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated and Vogue Japan, among others. 

Kelly criticized Osaka for appearing in the magazines and conducting interviews after saying she needed to focus on her mental health. Osaka, in an exchange that has since-been deleted, responded to Kelly to correct her timeline.


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"Seeing as you’re a journalist I would’ve assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did that you would’ve found out I shot all of my covers last year," Osaka said. "Instead your first reaction is to hop on here and spew negativity, do better Megan." 

Osaka then blocked Kelly.

However, Kelly continued to mock Osaka, tweeting, “Poor @naomiosaka blocked me while taking a shot at me (guess she’s only tough on the courts). She is apparently arguing that she shot her many covers b/4 publicly claiming she was too socially anxious to deal w/press. Truth is she just doesn’t like Qs she can’t control. Admit it.”

Osaka has not responded to Kelly since blocking her.


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Published on Jul 21, 2021