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Hamilton with understanding for Osaka:

Hamilton with understanding for tennis star Osaka

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has shown understanding for tennis star Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the French Open. “She is an incredible athlete and an incredible person,” said the British Mercedes driver on Thursday before the race in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku: “She has so much pressure on her shoulders at a young age. That can weigh heavily because many people don't care are prepared. “

He too had major difficulties with the media spotlight at the beginning of his career. “When you're introverted and under that kind of pressure, it's not easy,” said the seven-time world champion.

After the discussions about its controversial boycott of the press conferences, Osaka had declared that it would no longer play in Paris. Shortly before the start of the French Open, the 23-year-old Japanese announced via Instagram that she did not want to talk to the media in Paris. The reason given by the number two in the world was that journalists would not consider the mental health of athletes.

“You shouldn't put your health at risk, but do what is best for you,” said Hamilton, who also criticized the sanctions for Osaka. After their first round victory, Osaka did not appear for the mandatory press conference on Sunday as announced and was then fined $ 15,000 by the organizers. Hamilton called this step “not good. It should have been handled better.” The Formula 1 long-term winner also said: “There shouldn't be a case where you are put under such pressure.”

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