US tennis star, Serena Williams, has said she wishes she could give Naomi Osaka “a hug”, after she withdrew from the ongoing French Open.
Osaka had refused to take part in media duties – press conferences or interviews – and was threatened with disqualification.
The 23-year-old was also threatened with a ban from future tournaments if she did not reconsider.
Serena found out about Osaka’s decision, after winning her first-round match, where she saw off Irina-Camelia Begu in straight-sets.
“Honestly I just found out before I walked into the press conference, so that’s the extent of it right now for me,” said Williams, who is pursuing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title in Paris.
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