The signature of the All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt at the bottom of the 529-word statement on Naomi Osaka is instructive in itself as to the hardline stance taken by tennis chiefs on her

The signature of the All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt at the bottom of the 529-word statement on Naomi Osaka is instructive in itself as to the hardline stance taken by tennis chiefs on her unparalleled media boycott.
Normally, the sedate souls in charge of running Wimbledon prefer to do all they can to avoid wading into any controversies, particularly when it involves something away from their patch. This time, they felt it a necessity to stand alongside their grand-slam counterparts and issue a remarkable warning to one of the sports biggest stars, including stern threats of a disqualification and suspension.
It is rare for there to be such unity in a sport that effectively has seven different governing bodies Wimbledon, the Australian Open,