Osaka prioritises Olympics over Wimbledon

Osaka prioritises Olympics over Wimbledon
Naomi Osaka

 

Japan's tennis world number two Naomi Osaka will not compete at Wimbledon but plans to return to court for her home Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Osaka pulled out of the recent French Open after citing the need to "protect her mental health", amid the fallout from her decision not to attend press conferences.

The Japanese star was warned by Grand Slam organisers that she faced expulsion from the event and future majors if she continued her boycott.

She was fined $15,000 (£10,570/€12,302) after refusing to "honour her contractual media obligations" following a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Patricia Maria Tig of Romania.

In her statement, Osaka said she would take time away from the court, with the four-time Grand Slam champion revealing she had been experiencing depression and anxiety.

Doubts remained over her participation at Wimbledon and next month’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with a statement issued by her management company confirming she will participate at the latter.

"Naomi won't be playing Wimbledon this year," the 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."

-insidethegames.biz