When Naomi Osaka clinched the US Open title, there was a chance for her to pull off a unique feat of winning the French Open after the New York major.
That won't happen. On Thursday evening, the three-time major champion revealed she would not travel to Paris.
"Unfortunately I won't be able to play the French Open this year. My hamstring is still sore so I won't have enough time to prepare for the clay," Osaka published on her social media accounts. "These two tournaments came too close together for me this time. I wish the organizers and players all the best."
Ahead of her title run in New York, Osaka pulled out of the Western & Southern Open final, also staged at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, due to her left hamstring. She would go on to lift her second US Open trophy in three years, defeating the woman she was due to play in the "Cincinnati in New York" championship clash, Victoria Azarenka. The run enabled the Japanese to get back inside the Top 3 of the WTA rankings.
In 2019, Osaka made her debut as a No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam event in the French capital. She rallied for three-set wins over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and Azarenka, before falling in the third round to Katerina Siniakova.