Advertisement
Monday, Sep 20, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Naomi Osaka Pulls Out Of Wimbledon 2021, Says Will Be Ready For Olympics

Osaka had earlier withdrawn from French Open after organisers threatened to expel her for not fulfilling her media obligations

Naomi Osaka Pulls Out Of Wimbledon 2021, Says Will Be Ready For Olympics
Naomi Osaka had withdrawn from French Open after she was fined for refusing to attend post-match news conference. | File Photo
Naomi Osaka Pulls Out Of Wimbledon 2021, Says Will Be Ready For Olympics
outlookindia.com
2021-06-18T11:36:26+05:30

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon for personal reasons but said she will be ready to take part in the Tokyo Olympics. (More Sports News)

Wimbledon is slated to be played between June 28 to July 11. Stuart Duguid, Osaka's agent, wrote Thursday in an email that Osaka '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.'

The world No 2 Osaka had earlier withdrawn from French Open after deciding not not to fulfil her press conference duties during the tournament at Roland Garros.

READ: Osaka To Phelps, Mirza To Kohli: Sports Stars Whose Mental Health Was Challenged

Osaka had sighted mental health issues and concerns for reaching that decision. In her statement then, Osaka had said she has suffered 'long bouts of depression' since winning the US Open in 2018.

In a statement she had said,  “Hey everyone, this isn't a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris."

Osaka is the second tennis star to withdraw from this years' Wimbledon. Earlier, Rafael Nadal had withdrawn from Wimbledon or Tokyo Olympics.

"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 the maximum level of competition," Nadal said. 

Osaka has been ranked No. 1 and is currently No. 2; she is the highest-earning female athlete and was the 2020 AP Female Athlete of the Year. She is 14-3 this season, including a title at the Australian Open in February.

Osaka has played at Wimbledon three times, twice exiting in the third round and losing in the first round in 2019.

Osaka is a 23-year-old who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father; the family moved to the United States when she was 3 and she is still based there. (with inputs from Agencies)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Charanjit Singh Channi: Councillor to Punjab's First Dalit CM, A Journey Of Three Decades

Charanjit Singh Channi: Councillor to Punjab's First Dalit CM, A Journey Of Three Decades

Three-time MLA from Chamkaur Sahib Channi has become the first Dalit face to get the top position in the state government. In 2018, Channi was accused in a #MeToo case.

‘Sand Mafia Stay Away, I Am Aam Aadmi’: New Punjab CM Charanjit Channi Targets Capt Amarinder, AAP

‘Sand Mafia Stay Away, I Am Aam Aadmi’: New Punjab CM Charanjit Channi Targets Capt Amarinder, AAP

Getting emotional at his first press conference as the chief minister, Charanjit Channi said that he comes from a poor family that did not have a roof over their head.

'Shock!' Was Lara's First Reaction On Hearing Kohli's T20 Captaincy Call

'Shock!' Was Lara's First Reaction On Hearing Kohli's T20 Captaincy Call

Within four days Virat Kohli relinquished two captaincy roles to manage his workload.

IPL 2021, KKR Vs RCB: Eoin Morgan's Men Seek Turnaround In UAE

IPL 2021, KKR Vs RCB: Eoin Morgan's Men Seek Turnaround In UAE

While RCB is third in the eight-team standings with 10 points from seven games, two-time champions KKR are languishing at the seventh spot with just two wins.

Advertisement