Naomi Osaka Withdraws from Wimbledon

Women’s tennis star Naomi Osaka hinted a few weeks ago that she might not compete at Wimbledon, and now she’s made it official: she’s not playing.

Citing injury and “stressful times,” Osaka took to Twitter to bow out until “next time.” Take a look:

Her unpredictable temperament aside, Osaka does have a valid reason not to compete at Wimbledon this year. The All England Club announced a couple of months ago that it would not permit Russian or Belarussian athletes to compete this year because of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, and Women’s Tennis Association then stripped Wimbledon of its ranking points shortly thereafter.

According to OutKick’s Anthony Farris, “The act of stripping the tournament of its ranking points essentially makes this year’s Wimbledon an exhibition event for women’s players.”

Osaka is still nursing the Achilles injury she suffered at the Madrid Open back in early May and may have aggravated it at the French Open a few weeks later. So she probably shouldn’t risk further injury at a tournament that won’t yield her any ranking points anyway, even if she wins.

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The U.S. Open in late August is the last major tennis tournament of the year, and it has already said publicly that all qualifying competitors can participate, regardless of national origin. So maybe that will be the “next time” we see Osaka on the court.

 

Written by Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.

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  1. Man, it’s the same routine with this chick. I find her kind of annoying but I also feel bad for her. You could have all the money, fame, and ability in the world but if you aren’t happy you have nothing.

    My advise would be for her to disconnect from social media and take some magic mushrooms. Go connect with nature and get your head right.

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