Naomi Osaka Told Megyn Kelly to ‘Do Better’ After Being Accused of Hypocrisy Over Magazine Shoots

The tennis star faced criticism from the tv anchor for avoiding French Open journalists to protect her mental health.

Published Jul 21, 2021

Melbourne, Australia - 20 January 2020 - Naomi Osaka on Rod Laver Arena (Photo by Rob Keating) (Rob Keating/Wikimedia Commons)
Melbourne, Australia - 20 January 2020 - Naomi Osaka on Rod Laver Arena (Photo by Rob Keating)

On July 19, 2021, Tennis star Naomi Osaka and former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly appeared to argue on Twitter over Osaka’s refusal to speak to the news media at the French Open. 

Osaka withdrew from the Open in late May over her refusal to speak to journalists in post-match news conferences, which she said was her preference due to mental health issues. She was criticized by numerous media personalities including former NBC News and Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly.

Osaka also made headlines for her appearances on the cover of Vogue Hong Kong, Sports Illustrated, as the star of a Netflix docuseries, and her collaboration on a new Naomi Osaka Barbie doll. In a Twitter conversation, Kelly appeared to accuse Osaka of hypocrisy for carrying out all these activities and collaborations with the media but refusing to engage with the news media at the French Open. 

In a since-deleted tweet, Osaka responded to Kelly, saying: “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. Instead your first reaction is to hop on here and spew negativity, do better Megan."

A screenshot of the tweet spread online and was shared by Sporting News:


Osaka appeared to block Kelly after the post, which Kelly pointed out:

Osaka has, however, been widely praised for speaking publicly about her mental health and has gained support around the world. 

Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a reporter with experience working in television, international news coverage, fact checking, and creative writing.

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