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Naomi Osaka out of Wimbledon; next event expected to be Tokyo Olympics
“She is taking some personal time with friends and family,” read a statement provided by the four-time major champion's team.
Published Jun 17, 2021
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Just hours after Rafael Nadal announced he would not play Wimbledon, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka joined the Spaniard in withdrawing from the grass-court major.
“Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year. She is taking some personal time with friends and family,” read a statement provided by her team.
Unlike Nadal, who also noted he would miss the Tokyo Olympics, Osaka intends on making the global event her return to competition.
“She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”
Osaka withdrew prior to her second-round match at Roland Garros, citing mental health concerns. That decision came after the Japanese superstar announced ahead of the French Open that she would not partake in media commitments during the tournament.
The tennis event at the Summer Games will take place at the Ariake Tennis Forest Park on hard courts, the surface in which all seven of Osaka's tour-level triumphs have occurred.