While she had hinted that she would not play Wimbledon for lack of points distributed by the WTA due to the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players, Naomi Osaka will ultimately be absent from the London tournament, due to a persistent injury. at the Achilles heel. The former world number 1 announced her package on Saturday June 18, on Twitter.
“My Achilles heel still hasn’t healed, so we’ll see you next time”, wrote the Japanese player on her official account. Eliminated in the first round at Roland-Garros by the American Amanda Anisimova, Naomi Osaka had not played in competition since. After her elimination in Paris, she was already unsure of playing Wimbledon. “I feel like if I play Wimbledon without a point, it’s more like an exhibitionshe said. I know that’s not true. But my brain just feels that. And when I think about that, I can’t go 100%. I haven’t made up my mind yet but I’m leaning more towards not playing given the current circumstances. »
my Achilles still isn’t right so I’ll see you next time 🌱👋🏾 https://t.co/mryWdKnitN
Affected by psychological problems, the Japanese player has experienced a checkered season. Her last title dates back to January 2021, at the Australian Open, and she is now at 43e global place. “I feel like life just keeps playing cards with me, and you never get used to it, but it’s how you adapt to these uncomfortable situations that says a lot about your character”she also wrote on Twitter.
Naomi Osaka, who prefers hard surfaces, will therefore miss Wimbledon again, of which she had not played the previous edition due to psychological problems. With the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the health crisis, her last participation in the London tournament dates back to 2019, when she was eliminated in the first round by Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.