Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Wimbledon Championships, but will compete in the Olympics.
Naomi Osaka has pulled out of Wimbledon, but she will still compete in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
Since withdrawing from the French Open for mental health reasons amid a backlash over her failure to fulfill media responsibilities, the world number two has been taking time away from the court.
The women’s singles draw for Wimbledon is due to begin on June 28, and tournament organizers had hoped the Japanese woman would be able to compete.
“Naomi will not be participating Wimbledon this year,” her management teams said in a statement on www.olympics.com. She’s spending some quality time with her friends and family.
“She’ll be ready for the Olympics and is looking forward to performing in front of her home crowd.”
Wimbledon managing executive Sally Bolton said on Wednesday that Osaka was expected to compete.
“We’ve gone out to her team, but we haven’t spoken to Naomi herself,” Bolton added. She’s entered in the Championships at this time, and we haven’t received confirmation that she won’t compete.”
“I had the talk with her team,” said tournament director Jamie Baker. It’s crystal apparent that we’re here, and we’re totally open to any discussions they want to have.
“It should go without saying that we want the top players to compete here regardless of the circumstances.
“We give each and every player our undivided attention.”