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Naomi Osaka says she is unlikely to play 'pointless' Wimbledon this year

Naomi Osaka snub to pointless Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka says she does not expect to play Wimbledon this year due to it becoming 'like an exhibition.'

The four-time Grand Slam winner has only really excelled on hardcourts in her career, with her already out of the French Open in the first round.

Wimbledon has been stripped of its ranking points by both the ATP and WTA this year as a response to them banning Russian and Belarusian players from competing.

Now Osaka, who has never been past the third round at Wimbledon, says she sees little point in playing it if there is no reward for her ranking.

“I’m not sure why, but I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition,” Osaka told reporters after her Roland Garros exit.

“I know this isn’t true, right? But my brain just like feels that way. Whenever I think something is like an exhibition, I just can’t go at it 100%.

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"I didn’t even make my decision yet, but I’m leaning more towards not playing given the current circumstances, but that might change.

“I would love to go just to get some experience on the grass court, but at the same time, for me, it’s kind of like – I don’t want to say pointless, no pun intended.

“But I’m the type of player that gets motivated by seeing my ranking go up or like stuff like that.

"So I think the intention was really good, but the execution is kind of all over the place.”

Naomi Osaka, who is a former world number one, has already dropped to 38 so would not be seeded at Wimbledon as things stand even if she did decide to play.

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