Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli says determination are large question marks astir whether oregon not Naomi Osaka volition play astatine the grasscourt championships this year, starting from May 30.
"We didn't expect for this to happen, Bartoli told ITV Sport during her relation arsenic a pundit connected Friday. "We didn't deliberation the concern was truthful atrocious with Naomi. I deliberation the WTA is trying truly hard to find immoderate solution.
"The property conferences astatine the infinitesimal are not the accustomed ones with the property not adjacent successful the property room, and they each being done connected Zoom, truthful you don't consciousness similar that anxiousness you mightiness consciousness erstwhile you person idiosyncratic successful your look asking a tricky question.
"But possibly they are trying to find a mode to constrictive down to possibly 3 oregon 4 questions for Naomi's property conferences."
Her determination has turned the spotlight connected the media demands connected tennis players, and Bartoli believes the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) are trying to find a solution that could enactment for Osaka.
With Wimbledon looming aboriginal this month, Bartoli feels that the clip framework is possibly excessively tiny for Osaka.
"I anticipation she is astatine Wimbledon for women's tennis and tennis successful general," the Frenchwoman said. "She is specified a immense star, and she resonates astir the world. But of course, determination are galore question marks, but we don't cognize if she volition beryllium there.
"We haven't heard from her; we don't cognize wherever she is. But the players are supporting her, and the WTA are trying to find a solution with the ITF truthful that she tin beryllium comfy the adjacent clip she faces a property conference."