(Reuters) - Factbox on Japan's Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the French Open on Monday in the wake of her decision to boycott post-match media duties, explaining here she had been suffering from depression since winning the 2018 U.S. Open.
Born: Oct. 16, 1997 in Osaka, Japan
Grand Slam titles: 4 (Australian Open 2019, 2021; U.S. Open 2018, 2020)
ACTIVISM AND CONTROVERSY
* Osaka’s first Grand Slam title win, at the 2018 U.S. Open, was overshadowed by controversy. The Japanese was booed by the crowd during the presentation ceremony following her opponent Serena Williams’ outburst after a row with the umpire.
* Osaka threw her support behind the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, posting news footage of the death of George Floyd in June and tweeting “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” She faced a backlash on social media for her support.
* In August 2020, Osaka announced she was pulling out of the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in protest against racial injustice, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
She changed her mind after organisers subsequently announced a pause in play and postponed all semi-final action by a day.
*During her run to the U.S. Open title in September 2020, Osaka highlighted police brutality and racism by wearing different face masks for each of her seven matches which featured the names of Black Americans killed in violent interactions with either police or others allegedly motivated by racism.
* Last week, Osaka announced she would skip her mandatory news conferences at the French Open to protect her mental health.
* She was fined $15,000 on Sunday for skipping a news conference following her first round victory and warned of expulsion from Roland Garros and future majors if she continued to fail to meet her media commitments. Twenty four hours later she pulled out of the claycourt major, explaining she had been suffering from depression for almost three years.
* Born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka grew up idolising 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.
* Moved to New York when she was three years old and turned professional in 2013 aged 15.
* Played in the main draw of a WTA event for the first time at Stanford in 2014. Beat Sam Stosur in the first round before losing to Andrea Petkovic.
CAREER TO DATE
* Made her Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at the Australian Open in 2016.
* Cracked the top 100 in the world for the first time in April 2016 and the top 50 later in the year.
* Named 2016 WTA “Newcomer of the Year” after making third-round appearances at three Grand Slams and reaching her first WTA final.
* Won her first WTA title in March 2018 in Indian Wells, beating Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep along the way.
* Beat Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open final to claim her maiden Grand Slam title and finished the year ranked fifth in the world.
* Beat Petra Kvitova in the 2019 Australian Open final to become the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the next Grand Slam after her maiden major.
* Beat Victoria Azarenka to win her second U.S. Open title in 2020.
* Beat Jennifer Brady to win her second Australian Open title and fourth Grand Slam crown.
Compiled by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar