Los Angeles (SID) – After her withdrawal from the French Open, the two-time US Open winner Naomi Osaka (Japan) will also be without participation in Wimbledon (from June 28). “She is taking time out to spend time with her friends and family,” her agent told AFP on Thursday: “She will be ready for the Olympics and is looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd.”
This was preceded by a dispute over a media boycott of Osaka, which she announced shortly before the start of the French Open in order to draw attention to the mental health of athletes. The tournament officials in Paris threatened the 23-year-old Japanese with the exclusion, should she fail to meet her media obligations. As a consequence, Osaka did not appear in their second round match and openly addressed problems with depression.
Most recently, Osaka withdrew its participation in the current lawn tournament in Berlin.