Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open with hamstring injury


By: Reuters |

Updated: September 18, 2020 2:07:43 pm

Naomi Osaka wears a masks in honor of Breonna Taylor. (Source: File)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, she mentioned on Thursday.

The 22-year-old had her left hamstring taped when she battled again in opposition to Victoria Azarenka within the U.S. Open ultimate in New York on Saturday to win her third Grand Slam title.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” the world quantity three wrote on social media in a message she additionally posted in Japanese.

“My hamstring remains to be sore so I received’t have time to arrange for the clay – these two tournaments got here too shut to one another for me this time.

“I wish the organizers and players all the best.”

The French Open shall be held from Sept. 27-Oct. 11 after being moved from its standard late May-June slot as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The hamstring problem had prompted Osaka to withdraw from the ultimate of the Western & Southern Open within the run-up to the U.S. Open however it didn’t seem to hamper her at Flushing Meadows.

Osaka made headlines in New York as a lot for her performances on courtroom as for her dedication to social justice causes.

For every of her U.S. Open matches she wore a special masks that carried the title of a Black American, aiming to focus on racial injustice within the United States to a wider viewers.

The withdrawal of Osaka, who has by no means superior previous the third spherical at Roland Garros, comes as one other blow to the event after world primary Ash Barty of Australia mentioned she wouldn’t be defending her title resulting from COVID-19 considerations.

On the boys’s facet, Roger Federer won’t compete as he continues to get well from knee surgical procedure.

Osaka’s absence would enhance Serena Williams’s probabilities of profitable a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title if the American chooses to play. The 38-year-old has pulled out of the Italian Open with an Achilles problem.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) mentioned on Thursday it could enable 5,000 spectators per day following a latest spike in COVID-19 circumstances within the nation. It had beforehand mentioned the claycourt main would allow a most of 11,500 followers per day.

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