Naomi Osaka is the second big name to drop out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships today following an earlier announcement by Rafael Nadal.
Osaka caused a storm during the French Open earlier this month, refusing to take part in press conferences, being fined by the organisers, receiving a warning from all four Grand Slams before subsequently withdrawing.
She cited her reasons as wanting to protect her mental health and revealed she had been suffering with bouts of depression.
It has now been confirmed that she will not play Wimbledon but is still planning on playing in her first Olympics in her home country.
“Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year,” read the statement from the Osaka camp.
“She is taking some personal time with friends and family.
“She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans,” concluded the statement.
The news comes after Rafael Nadal also withdrew saying that he didn’t feel prepared enough with their only being two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon and he wanted to prolong his career.
Wimbledon takes place June 28 until July 11, while the Toyko Olympics tennis event is July 24 – August 1.
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