Tennis star Osaka pulls out of Wimbledon, takes time off for family

Naomi Osaka biz Wimbledon in 2019 (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE).image ap

Osaka doesn’t want to go to the British tournament because she takes time out for herself and her family. “She will prepare for the Olympics and wants to play for fans in her country,” her team said in a statement.

Wimbledon reported on Wednesday that Osaka was expected to participate. Earlier in the day, Wimbledon had already been scrapped when two-time Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal of Spain withdrew.

Roland Garros

In late May, Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros after a riot over refusing to speak to the media. “I’m not going to subject myself to people who doubt me. I’ve seen a lot of videos of players falling in the press room after a loss. I feel like the whole situation would have kicked someone like that. which is already ‘below’, even further down,” he said.

Roland Garros tried to change Osaka’s mind, but without success. The organization of the Grand Slam tournament fined him more than 12,000 euros and even threatened disqualification.

Osaka, a two-time winner of both the Australian Open and the US Open, failed to progress past the third round at Wimbledon. After withdrawing from Roland Garros, Osaka had already announced that she was resting. She also withdrew from the WTA tournament in Berlin in June.

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