Naomi Osaka withdraws from second tournament, Wimbledon status in doubt
Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from a turf tune-up tournament in Berlin, which was due to start the week following the French Open.
Reuters reported on Monday that the world’s No.2 tennis star has withdrawn from the upcoming Berlin WTA 5000, an event which, before Osaka’s withdrawal, brought together 15 of the world’s top 20 female tennis players.
Osaka’s decision not to take part in the event casts doubt on his intention to join the pitch at Wimbledon, which begins on June 28. Osaka has won the Australian Open twice and the US Open twice, but never made it past the third round at Wimbledon.
“We have received a notification that Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin. After consulting with her management, she will take a break,” organizers of the event in Berlin said in a statement to Reuters.
Osaka’s decision comes a week from his exit from Roland-Garros, when she cited her mental health issues.
In her announcement that she won’t be playing the rest of the French Open, Osaka said she “will take some time away from the pitch now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways to make things better for players, the press and fans. “
Osaka started Roland-Garros in saying she wouldn’t talk to the media because she felt that people did not show respect for the mental health of athletes, and that often questions at press conferences cast doubt in the minds of tennis players.
She did not speak to the press after her victory in the first round and was fined by Roland-Garros, along with the leaders of the Grand Slam tournaments, issued a statement that his continued absence from media obligations could result in disqualifications.
Several other athletes, including Serena and Venus Williams, offered his support, while the Calm relaxation app pledged to pay Grand Slam fines for future players skipping the media as well as donations to Laureas Sport, a youth sports charity. Calm has already donated $ 15,000 to Laureas Sport to support Osaka, matching the fine imposed on him.