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Naomi Osaka Pauses Press Conference in Tears After Exchange with Reporter


(CNN) Naomi Osaka, preparing to compete in her first tennis tournament since the Tokyo Olympics, briefly took a break during a pre-tournament news conference on Monday after she started crying.

The Western & Southern Open news conference in Mason, Ohio, began with Osaka answering questions regarding mental health and doing press conferences — subjects she sparked a widespread conversation about earlier this year when she withdrew from the French Open because she didn’t want to participate in news conferences, citing her mental health.

Following those questions, Osaka was in the midst of being asked about preparation for the summer hard court portion of the season and her reaction to what is going on in Haiti following a devastating earthquake. Osaka’s father is a Haiti native, and the tennis superstar said in a tweet Saturday she would give prize money she earns at the Western & Southern Open to Haiti relief efforts.

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