Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon due to injury

Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Wimbledon tournament on Saturday due to a persistent injury to her left Achilles tendon.

The four-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one posted a photo of herself on a grass court on Twitter with the caption: “My Achilles is still not well so I’ll see you guys next time.”

Osaka has not played an official match since Amanda Anisimova beat her 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the French Open on May 24. During that match, for which she said she took a pain reliever, Osaka tried several times to stretch her tendon by pulling on the toe of her shoe on the side changes and squatting to flex her leg in between. points.

After that loss, Osaka said she was leaning toward missing Wimbledon because professional tennis tours will not award ranking points in response to the All England Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players due to the war in Ukraine. .

“I don’t know why, but I feel like playing Wimbledon without points is like an exhibition. I know it’s not like that, but my brain feels like it. When I think something is like an exhibition, I can’t play 100%,” Osaka said at the time. “I haven’t even made a decision yet, but I’m leaning more and more towards not playing, given the current circumstances.”

Eugenie Bouchard, a 2014 All England Club finalist, announced on social media on Friday that she will not play at Wimbledon because there are no ranking points available. Bouchard is recovering from an operation on his right shoulder.

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Osaka did not play at Wimbledon last year, when she went on a mental health hiatus after withdrawing from the French Open ahead of her second-round match.

He hasn’t won a game at the All England Club since reaching the third round in 2018. He lost in the first round at Wimbledon in 2019 and the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All four of Osaka’s Grand Slam titles were on hard courts: the 2018 and 2020 US Open and the 2019 and 2021 Australian Open.

The 24-year-old Japanese has played just 17 matches this season and her ranking fell to 43rd this week.

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