4-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is not going to compete at Wimbledon later this month as a result of an Achilles damage, she introduced Saturday morning.
On Twitter, she wrote “my Achilles nonetheless is not proper so I will see you subsequent time.” In an Instagram submit that included a photograph and a video of her present process remedy on her injured heel, Osaka wrote “there goes my grass desires.”
Osaka, 24, suffered the damage in the course of the first spherical of the Madrid Open when she comfortably beat Anastasia Potapova, 6-3, 6-1. She misplaced in straight units within the second spherical after which withdrew from the Italian Open in Might. She returned to play within the French Open later that month, however misplaced 7-5, 6-4 to Amanda Anisimova within the first spherical.
After her early exit from the French Open, Osaka stated she wasn’t positive if she’s play at Wimbledon. However as a substitute of citing her Achilles damage as the explanation, Osaka stated the ATP and WTA joint determination to not award rating factors on the match left her with much less motivation to take part.
“I am not 100% positive if I will go there,” Osaka stated of Wimbledon, through ESPN. “I’d like to go simply to get some expertise on the grass courtroom, however, like on the identical time for me, it is sort of like — I do not wish to say pointless, no pun meant, however I am the kind of participant that will get motivated by, like, seeing my rating go up or like, you recognize, stuff like that.
“I am unsure why however, like, I really feel like if I play Wimbledon with out factors, it is extra like an exhibition. I do know this is not true, proper? However my mind simply, like, feels that manner. Every time I feel one thing is like an exhibition, I simply can’t go at it 100%.”
On Friday, former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard stated WTA’s determination to not award rating factors was the explanation for her withdrawal.
Osaka gained twice on the Australian Open and twice on the U.S. Open. She has by no means superior previous the third spherical at Wimbledon.