Naomi Osaka has pulled out of Wimbledon as she hasn’t yet recovered from an Achilles injury.
Japan’s Osaka suffered the injury in Madrid, forcing her to miss the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome in the leadup to the French Open where she lost in the first round.
“My Achilles still isn’t right so I’ll see you next time,” Osaka tweeted on Saturday.
my Achilles still isn’t right so I’ll see you next time 🌱👋🏾 pic.twitter.com/mryWdKnitN
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) June 18, 2022
Osaka had said after her defeat at Roland Garros that she was not 100 percent sure if she would play on grass this season.
The ATP and WTA took away ranking points from the grasscourt Grand Slam after organisers of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players.
Osaka had reasoned that playing in the major without the possibility of earning points would not help her ranking and the decision of the authorities had reduced her motivation to play.
Osaka, who is ranked 43rd, also pulled out of Wimbledon last year after taking time off for “personal reasons” – a month after quitting the French Open due to mental health issues.