Naomi Osaka will sit out Wimbledon later this month with the four-time Grand Slam tennis champion citing an Achilles injury.
Having job A video on Twitter of herself rehabilitating her Achilles on an underwater treadmill last week on Saturday saw the 24-year-old placed on the tournament withdrawal list with a “leg injury”.
Osaka withdrew from the Italian Open with an ankle injury in May, but returned to play at the French Open later that month, where she suffered a first-round loss against 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova.
After the loss, the Japanese star said she was unsure whether to play at Wimbledon in light of the decision to scrap ranking points from the tournament, which runs from June 27 to July 10.
A two-time Australian Open and US Open winner, Osaka’s best runs at Wimbledon were two third-round defeats in 2017 and 2018.
The world No. 43 has not played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club since 2019, although the grand slam was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Osaka pulled out of the following year’s tournament, with her agent Stuart Duguid saying the 24-year-old was “taking personal time with friends and family”.
The decision came months after Osaka pulled out of the French Open after refusing to speak to the media to protect her mental health, leading to a period away from tennis for the former no. 1 worldwide.
In a Twitter Publish On Saturday, Osaka confirmed the ongoing problem with her Achilles and wrote a message titled “after the storm comes the calm”.
“I feel like life keeps handing out cards and you’ll never get used to it,” Osaka wrote. “But it’s how you adapt to uncomfortable situations that says a lot about your character.
“I’ve been repeating mantras in my head a lot lately. I don’t know if it’s to subconsciously help me through stressful times or to ease my mind with the realization that everything will be fine as long as I put my mind to it.
“Because what more can you do?”