Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka has decided to skip Wimbledon as she continues her break from professional tennis.

Osaka, the world No. 2 from Japan, was at the centre of a row at the French Open after she decided to skip her media duties throughout the tournament.

She was threatened with expulsion from Roland Garros and future Slams and slapped with a fine of more than £10,000 before taking the decision out of the authorities’ hands and pulling out of the event.

Osaka said she would be taking a break from the sport for an undetermined amount of time and she has decided against playing at the All England Club later this month.

‘Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year,’ a statement read.

‘She is taking some personal time with friends and family.

‘She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.’

Earlier this week, Wimbledon chiefs had expressed their hopes that Osaka would return to action at SW19.

Tournament director Jamie Baker said: ‘It is absolutely clear that we are here, we are completely open for any discussions when they want to have that.

‘Look, it goes without saying that we want the best players to compete here no matter what.’

However, Osaka has decided against playing at the All England Club, in another blow to the tournament.

Earlier on Thursday, Rafael Nadal, the world No. 3 from Spain, announced he would not be competing.

However, unlike Osaka, he will also not be competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

‘It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,’ said Nadal.

‘The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at he maximum level of competition.

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