The grand slam tennis tournaments have jointly pledged to work to improve the player experience at major events following Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the French Open.

A strong joint statement from the slams on Sunday threatening the world number two with disqualification and a ban from future tournaments if she did not reverse her decision not to fulfil her media commitments fanned the flames of what had already become a major talking point.

On Monday, the world number two opened up on the long bouts of depression she has suffered since being thrust into the global spotlight by winning her first grand slam title at the US Open in 2018 and the anxieties she experiences around talking to the media. The Japanese four-time grand slam winner also said she planned to take time away from the sport.

Another statement from organisers today took a very different tone, with the slams saying: "On behalf of the Grand Slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court.

"She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate."

The statement continued: "Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another.

"We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathise with the unique pressures tennis players may face.

"While players' wellbeing has always been a priority to the grand slams, our intention, together with the WTA, the ATP and the ITF, is to advance mental health and wellbeing through further actions."

The slams did, though, again stress the need for fairness to be maintained through regulations.

"Together, as a community, we will continue to improve the player experience at our tournaments, including as it relates to media," the statement read.

"Change should come through the lens of maintaining a fair playing field, regardless of ranking or status. Sport requires rules and regulations to ensure that no player has an unfair advantage over another.

"We intend to work alongside the players, the tours, the media and the broader tennis community to create meaningful improvements. As grand slams, we aim to create the stage for the players to achieve the highest accolades in our sport."

Boris Becker is concerned for Osaka's career

Meanwhile, former world number one Boris Becker believes Osaka's mental health struggles could put her career in jeopardy.

Speaking on Eurosport, said: "Without the media there isn't any prize money, there isn't any contracts. And you don't get half the cake. I hated the media, personally. I didn't like to speak to journalists, but I had to do it.

"She has cited that she is pulling out of the tournament altogether because she can't cope with it. That raises much bigger questions for me because, if she can't cope with the media in Paris, she can't cope with the media at Wimbledon, she can't cope with the media at the US Open.

"I almost feel like her career is in danger because of mental health issues and that we should take very seriously."

Osaka's media boycott blew up into a huge controversy and led to the grand slams fining her and jointly threatening her with disqualification from the tournament and a potential ban from future events.

Martina Navratilova said on Tennis Channel: "Clearly this is about more than doing a press conference after the match or not doing a press conference after the match.

"Once she said the word depression, which is only up to her to tell the world about, then everything changes. Now it's about her taking care of herself and hopefully find a solution.

"It's such a difficult situation. We've never had this happen before. Maybe some people over-reacted with what the fines were and all this stuff but the rules are there for a reason because people would find an excuse. Hers is not an excuse, this is a real reason."

Regarding what she hopes will happen now, Navratilova added: "Only support her and appreciate the strength it took to say that, because now the whole world knows about it. People say, 'Oh it's easy for you, you're famous and rich'. No. The whole world knows your struggles and that does not make it easier."